Photographic Memory

Photographic Memory

Do you find memorising music challenging?

Most musicians are familiar with aural and tactile forms of memorisation,

maybe even kinaesthetic (muscle memory/body movements)

but no so familiar with photographic memorisation – ‘seeing’ the music

in one’s head – as groups of notes and structural layout. Combining these

4 types can give more secure memory, increasing performance confidence.

That’s because:

1) you are less likely to get distracted from outside sources

2) having the photograph of the score in your mind is like having a road map,

with main sections being lit up

3) you have more security to think about appropriate breathing / resting places and

4) you become more aware of pacing your emotional energy to suit the musical structure.


You can find ‘A Quick Lesson in Photographic Memorisation’ (p..57 of my book/ hard copy).


If you would like to discuss memorisation challenges or photographic memory,

please feel free to do so below and I’ll respond,  Carmel

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Mary Chalaby
1 year ago

I found it so helpful to include photographic memory in my memorisation process as you helped me with Carmel! An extra plus to that was that, surprisingly, I also retain my memory of those pieces for a longer period of time. I still have those pieces I memorised last year well in my memory to pull up and play any time even though I don’t play them on a weekly basis anymore! I love that photo of you playing in that cafe! You’re so absorbed in it even though it’s not a noise-free area or a concert setting! So beautiful!

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