#1
Lately I've been really, really into "experimental" music. Bands like The Mars Volta and At the Drive-in. My problem with learning the songs isn't really not being able to play them, but remembering them. I can play through a whole song then go to replay it a bit faster and can't remember it!

I have no trouble with songs that are easier, or even songs by Pink Floyd and other songs that aren't just chords. I only seem to have trouble with songs that focus on individual notes - which is how many Mars Volta songs are. Songs by At the Drive-in are more chord oriented, but I don't recognize many of the chords they use and i end up getting my finger placement wrong thinking it's right. Only to see later that It's completely wrong.

What would be the best way to solve this problem?
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#3
I have the same damn problem. I can play stuff while reading along but playing them from memory is hardizzle fo shizzle
#5
Memorizing in small increments is my method.

Also, learning the theory helps in the sense that it might help you recognize patterns. Instead of a bunch of weird fingerings, you remember the progression, or the scale. Now, I realize with Mars Volta and ATD-I there might not be easy theoretical explanations for everything, but it can be helpful every now and then.

edit: I just learned I have to memorize everything for jazz this year... including horn parts in case I have to play them. Bah, I guess I'll get pretty good at this technique
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