Memorizing banjo tablature

* Repeat short phrases (between 1 and 3 measures) over and over from the song you are learning and immediately try to play them without the tab by turning the tab over.
* Identify the spots you keep forgetting and simply repeat that over and over the most.
*Play the song without the tab as soon as you can. When you are absolutely sure you can’t remember a spot, then open the book and take a peek.

One of the things that happen when you repeat the phrases and songs over and over without tab is called muscle memory. Your mind doesn’t have to do all the work! Your fingers will simply go in the right direction because you’ve conditioned them to.

Those are just a few suggestions but they may help. I’m sure if you make a conscious effort to memorize you will come up with some methods of your own, however the best way to accomplish playing without the tab is to simply close the book and practice without it often.

Good Luck!

* Repeat short phrases (between 1 and 3 measures) over and over from the song you are learning and immediately try to play them without the tab by turning the tab over.
* Identify the spots you keep forgetting and simply repeat that over and over the most.
* Play the song without the tab as soon as you can. When you are absolutely sure you can’t remember a spot, then open the book and take a peek.

One of the things that happen when you repeat the phrases and songs over and over without tab is called muscle memory. Your mind doesn’t have to do all the work! Your fingers will simply go in the right direction because you’ve conditioned them to.
Those are just a few suggestions but they may help. I’m sure if you make a conscious effort to memorize you will come up with some methods of your own, however the best way to accomplish playing without the tab is to simply close the book and practice without it often.

Good Luck!

* Try attaching names to sections of songs. For instance remembering a passage by remembering it as. “I play the reverse roll starting on the third string and slide from the second to the fourth fret. Then I play a C chord and do an alternating thumb roll” and so on.

* Remember songs by following the chord structure of the song. Playing by chords is what most of us do when we are playing by ear. We first learn the chords to the song, and then the melody and then we use the techniques of bluegrass banjo playing to create our own music. If you are not already doing this you can but first you must start by turning away from the tab and trying to see the big picture.

* Test your memory often and as your play more without tab begin to concentrate on the many other techniques that contribute to the music you are playing.

* Play phrases over and over to create a muscle memory in your hands.

* Try visualizing the tablature in your mind. Next visualize yourself playing the song or section in your head without actually doing it.