I'm glad you like it. I'm sorry that I can't remember who passed the idea on to me. Here's one web page that describes this technique, of working backwards from the end: http://caseymccann.com/blog/2011/10/...t-the-end.html
Originally Posted by CJSullivan
For a longer piece of music, it might work well to start at the end and work backwards for a while, then suddenly jump to working on a difficult part near the middle for a while or something. Or to learn each page or section (starting with the last?) starting at the end of each page.
I used to sometimes play a piece reasonably well but hesitate before the last chord because it would have more notes in it. That can be frustrating for the musician and for anyone who happens to be listening. Working backwards tends to solve that problem: you get to hear the resolving chord and feel satisfaction, even if you've only played part of the piece.
Another advantage of working backwards: because you haven't had a habit of stopping at certain spots while you were first learning it, later on, allegedly, your mind is less likely to go blank when you get to those spots.
Last edited by cwoodgold; 11-17-2012 at 07:02 PM.