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The 1-2-4-Memory Rule – A report after a six month break

Posted in Repertoire Building and Maintenance by elwynrees on July 21, 2010

I haven’t played, read or thought about the Bach-Busoni chorale prelude  “Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ”,  since I last played it in January; six months ago.  This piece has been used as the main focus for testing the 1-2-4-memory rule.   In many respects this could well be the most interesting  result of this test series so far.   So how did I get on with it after a six month break?

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1-2-4-Memory Rule – A report after a 4-month break

Posted in Repertoire Building and Maintenance by elwynrees on July 4, 2010

Today I resurrected CPE Bach’s Sofeggietto. I last played this when I recorded for the Piano world Adult Beginners Recital #17….

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The 1-2-4-Memory Rule. The next step – Fancy a PIMMS Anyone?

Posted in Repertoire Building and Maintenance by elwynrees on January 14, 2010

 

What we need now is a PIMMS, no not the drink, but a Piano Information and Music Management System (PIMMS) to organise the data on all the pieces within a managed review plan.

Towards the end of last year and as the number of pieces had grown, keeping track of where each piece was in its progress through the 1-2-4-Memory rule had become more complex, even with just a few pieces.   I ‘d been writing  details in a diary (which works after a fashion).  But something always seemed to happen to throw it off track.  It was confusing trying to re-edit and re-jig the entries.   So after some thought and based on earlier work modelling various review algorithms in Excel (see the archives), I decided to have a shot at writing a Windows application to do all this automagically….

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1-2-4-Memory Rule – A report after a 4-weeks break

Posted in Repertoire Building and Maintenance by elwynrees on December 29, 2009

The latest episode in testing the 1-2-4 Memory rule using Bach-Busoni’s Chorale Prelude – Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ….

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1-2-4-Memory Rule – A report after a 2-weeks break

Posted in Repertoire Building and Maintenance by elwynrees on November 23, 2009

The continuing saga testing the 1-2-4 Memory rule using Bach-Busoni’s Chorale Prelude – Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ…. 

After dropping it for two-weeks, the Bach/Busoni chorale prelude is back on the menu for review this week and today I completed the first practice session.  This piece is being used as the basis of the current study of the 1-2-4-Memory Rule.

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Train Wreck: part two – Getting it Back

Posted in Repertoire Building and Maintenance by elwynrees on November 22, 2009

I hadn’t played a piece for more than 4 months ( the Bach-Busoni Chorale prelude Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme [Awake! The Voice commands], BWV 645). 

On the first attempt I struggled to remember any of it. See the   Train Wreck article for full details.   Well I have now worked it up again and have the details of how much time  effort this took….

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Train Wreck!

Posted in Repertoire Building and Maintenance by elwynrees on November 4, 2009

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I just started reviewing and revising a piece (Bach/Busoni Chorale Prelude, “Awake!  The Voice Commands”)  that I worked on for nearly 4 months and spent almost 70 hours practicing prior to submission to the  last Piano World ABF recital (No15)  on 1st  August.   I haven’t played it since (more than 3 months).  At the time of submission I didn’t feel comfortable with the piece, it needed more work.   Looking at the score yesterday I had a feeling of disbelief that I had actually played it!   I tried very briefly to play through and even with the aid of the score only managed about the first 10 bars or thereabouts (section 1 of 8).  I’ve decided that this is going to be the “Train wreck” model of repertoire maintenance!  

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The 1-2-4 Memory Rule – A report after a 1-week break

Posted in Repertoire Building and Maintenance by elwynrees on November 2, 2009

I ran a quick test....

The next episode in testing the 1-2-4 Memory rule using Bach-Busoni’s Chorale Prelude – Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ….

Today’s memory test of this piece was hard work!  As in the previous tests I haven’t played, listened to recordings, or  mentally rehearsed this piece since prior to the current 1-week break.

On the first slow play through I had to restart after just two bars.  On the second attempt I got three quarters of the way through the piece then it all fell appart and I couldn’t remember how to restart in the later sections…

So putting a positive spin on things, I suppose I could say that I remembered 7 out of the 10 sections, which is not as good as after the 4-day break, but better than after some of the shorter breaks prior to that.

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The 1-2-4 Memory Rule – A report after a 4-consecutive day break

Posted in Repertoire Building and Maintenance by elwynrees on October 22, 2009

I ran a quick test....

Today’s memory test was amazing!

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The 1-2-4 Memory Rule – A report after a 2-consecutive day break

Posted in Repertoire Building and Maintenance by elwynrees on October 14, 2009

I ran a quick test....

Testing the 1-2-4 Memory Rule.  Phase one is increasing gaps of 1-2-4 days. Last week there were a couple of day long gaps.   See how I got on after a 2-consecutive day gap not playing the current piece.

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