Hey the topic seems to have changed here!
You know I looked at the book a little while back only because I am a big believer in the method of memorizing away from the piano by looking at the score first.
I have found it actually helped with my sight reading since it forces you to understand the music, analyze the music, recognize patterns easily etc. All this seems to happen naturally when you study the score away from the piano.
I do remember looking at the book thinking he described the method incompletely. I have always found the most important part of memorizing is being efficient about it, knowing how you memorize, how long it takes to memorize a certain passage and doing it consistently.
Ultimately there is nothing wrong with reading a score. I personally find for recordings, given the small amount of time to memorize vs practice, its hard to justify not doing it. Of course as someone's repertoire grows very large (and as we get older,) its simply not practical to maintain a large amount of music by memory.
Have you guys seen this? I always thought it was cool...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-xl7_hdWZohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NROegsMqNc
For memorizing numbers, nothing beats the method described here
Doesn't work for music though
Felipe - I'm not telling.
I could play with the score, but it's hard because the piece (it's Granados) is all over the keyboard and it's hard to look up and down so much. Plus it makes it so that there is a brief stall in the playing because of that. If I could memorize it, I'm sure I could play it better. Still, it's so long....
I have almost this one Chopin mazurka memorized - all except about 8 measures that I can't remember. Grrrr - it's very annoying! Maybe that book you mentioned, Alexandre would help with that too. Have you read it?