Memorization by a jazz musician: a case study

  title={Memorization by a jazz musician: a case study},
  author={Helga Noice and Johnson Jeffrey and Tony Noice and Roger Chaffin},
  journal={Psychology of Music},
  pages={63 - 79}
To investigate the memory strategies of jazz musicians, we videotaped an experienced jazz pianist as he learned a new bebop piece. He had not previously heard a recording of the selection, nor had he seen the written music. The pianist provided detailed reports of the musical structure and the types of cues he used as landmarks to guide his memorization. Analysis of the videotapes, verbal reports, and multiple annotated copies of the music revealed that this jazz pianist's learning process was… 

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