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Instead of pattern/shape memorization, I try writing out the harmonic analysis (what chord in which inversion am I playing, what mode, or what scale degrees are the target notes of the melody, etc) so that I also have full 'intellectual' control of the piece and I feel in control. This is quite a good start. Additional to this there are some other ways that ...


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With poor sight-reading usually goes the need to learn by rote - playing over and over until muscle memory has it. That is repetition, and is far more a mechanical process. The 'analysis' of a piece usually comes later - the brain is pretty well occupied in the initial stages merely getting the right notes in the right order in the right timing. For your '...


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