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Strategies for Learning &
Memorising New Tunes

Learning and memorising new tunes should not be difficult or frustrating, regardless of age, or playing ability. It’s only hard if you have never been taught to do this effectively.

Playing in a pipe band or in solo competitions depends upon your ability to learn and memories music. For some of you this may mean learning and memorising many new tunes each year. This is not just about “kind of” memorising your music, but engraving it into your brain such that you can confidently perform it at the very times you need it, without the fear or anxiety of forgetting.

As you will come to understand, there is no logic in separating the processes of learning a new tune and memorising it. Memorising and learning should rightly be integrated into one process. Separating these processes means at least twice the time invested and as you’ll learn, separation makes memorising the tune much more challenging. Every worthwhile piece of music should be memorised right from the start.


In this book you will learn the strategies to synchronously learn and memorise new tunes.