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MUSICAL MEMORY.
interspersed less difficult passages of a perhaps more cantabile nature, we find we can play the difficult portions from memory but not the other portions. This is due to the greater number of repetitions which the former have required and received, with the result, that, without any special wish or desire on our part, our muscular sense has memorized the entire series of movements, and as soon as the start is given, the fingers and hand are unerringly guided over the whole passage with the least amount of voluntary or conscious control, or perhaps without any. When such passages progress in a systematic form, and are constructed upon some pattern extending over an octave, so as to admit of a regular method of fingering, employing the majority of the fingers, and affording little opportunity for them either to operate in the wrong order or to make a false movement, such passages belong to the class most securely memorized by muscular memory. For the sake of convenience we shall describe these as belonging to Class I.
24. Class I.—This class will include most scale passages of con­siderable extent belonging to one form of the normal scale. Such fulfil all the requisite conditions, in addition to having had the necessary movements acquired in our technical studies. The points which re­quire our attention are the scale to which the passage belongs and the initial and final notes :—
When a scale passage leaves one form of scale by introducing notes foreign to that form, and becomes a mixture of two forms, as major and chromatic:—
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