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"GREAT BOOK!Woman playing the piano
Informative, practical, and fun to read. I like the illustrations too. Highly recommend for my students."
– Dr. Janice Park (CA)

I ordered your book a few days ago and received it yesterday. I have never been able to memorize music but with the help of your book I am developing new techniques. They work. I have memorized six bars of your instruction piece, "Jardins Sous La Pluie" and eight bars of another song I am working on. Amazing! Thank you.
– David Jones from Aurora (CO)

I really enjoyed reading your book: fun to read and with a lot of insight: I can really see that you gave a lot thoughts about learning how to play the piano; and I thank you for being generous to put your findings at the disposal of everyone, me included.
The part that I really liked the most was the one about analyzing the harmony of a piece to remember it better: I tried, and it works! It is so much easier (and so much more fun) to remember music after its harmony is understood.
Ciao e Grazie ancora per il libro,
– Guido Tonin from San Francisco (CA)

François L. Richard’s Music in Your Head is mentally stimulating and an excellent resource for pianists of all levels. François Richard is a “Gold-Seal” bearing airline pilot for the Federal Aviation Administration. Having had music in his life from a very young age, Richard realized that all musicians deserved a simple, yet useful tool to establish memorization skills. Moreover, “Helped by the most famous pedagogues and artists, he conducted fifteen years of extensive research on piano memorization and mental practice.”

Successful musicians usually have a routine prior to the performance. Although there are occasional memory lapses during performances, Richard confidently states that mental practice allows individuals to make use of all four piano memories: visual, tactile, analytical, and aural therefore the procedure is nearly infallible. Mental practice for music performance is nothing new. He alludes to Paganini, the renowned violinist’s routine, “On concert days, he was observed to stay for hours, laying on his bed, keeping his eyes open, mentally representing all the movements to make during the performance.”

Music in Your Head focuses on concepts such as the “vocal approach,” “relative pitch,” “analytical description,” “patterns,” “chords progressions.” From the “Minute Waltz” by Master Frederic Chopin to the “Fugue” by J.S. Bach, Francois Richard provides a startlingly simple blueprint for individuals to follow.

Throughout the book, Richard offers tips and advice to his readers to help them avoid common pitfalls. For example, the best method to prevent memory lapses is to “always memorize each hand separately.” At the same time, Richard emphasizes the importance of singing and making sure that every note is heard correctly. Essentially, rehearsing is potentially therapeutic and can be conducted in even the most unlikely places, such as the gym, riding a bicycle, at church and school.

Ultimately, music takes dedication, conscious intelligent repetition and practice, and the understanding that instead of learning it all at once, music is learned in portions, a few manageable chunks at a time. Francois L. Richard’s Music in Your Head is a must-read, must-have resource that presents valuable information and tips in a simple and straightforward manner.
– Todd Rutherford (OK)

"In this insightful and extremely helpful book, you will learn about simple concepts which can change your entire piano playing. This method is so simple, yet so powerful. If you only buy one book on piano memorization buy this one!"
– Thomas from Cleveland (OH)

"I'm enjoying your book: Music in your head. Always trying to find ways to help my students learn quicker - if I try them and find them useful in my own practicing they join the arsenal. Have you watched any video about the weekends that Frederic Chiu does with students learning entire works away from the piano? Very similar. I first learned about this kind of mental practice from a seminar he gave in NYC. Anyway - I've already found your book useful in my teaching. I absolutely agree with you that mental practice is ESSENTIAL for memorization confidence. More students should be learning it and using it. I enjoyed the book - thank you so much for writing it!"
– Frederica Wyman from Nyak (NY)

"I bought this book to help me in memorizing piano music. What I disliked the most about the teaching methods of classical piano was that it was more of a key pressing process rather than a controlled musical one. I got tired of repeating and repeating notes in a sequential order, using infinite repetitions to enable me to play without the score. I really disliked the feeling of a lack of control and security while performing. This book not only gives me a total confidence while performing but also enables me to play by ear, improvise, and even compose my own music. Every page of this very generous book is full of invaluable information. I can really say that it totally changed my entire musicianship."
– David Cerise from Las Vegas (NV)

The book is simply wonderful! Best book I would say on this subject!
I think the book is the key to piano memorization. Thank you for your wonderful work!
– Lily Liu, Wollerau (Switzerland)

I downloaded your book on memorization last night and read it in less than 24 hours. It was a delight to read and absolutely the most powerful tool for mastering the musical score.
I am a concert pianist and have been using these techniques for over 15 years-- it wMWacykBookas like getting a whole new outlook on my practice when I first came across them-- I am so happy that you have made this resource available to pianists everywhere. Yes, it is hard work to practice this way but I really cannot think of any other technique that will produce such a level of security and knowledge.
I will tell you a funny story--Years ago in Florida I had to play the Beethoven 2nd Concerto. I had prepared it comprehensively (and already was employing the mental practicing techniques) so I felt pretty confident about it. But in the rehearsal with orchestra 3 days before the big concert I started to really fumble on some technical passages and got deathly afraid. I consulted my teacher at the time (who also was big into the mental practicing habits)...I told him that I was prepared to lock myself away for the next 72 hours at the piano until I resolved the technical issues--His advice was exactly the opposite. He told me to literally get away from the piano, his idea being that I had in fact 'over practiced' at the instrument and only do mental practice. I tell you something it was agony and felt so counter-intuitive to physically practice less before a concert but it was exactly the right advice; as the concert went off better than I could have imagined!
Again congratulations on your book and thank you for sharing this knowledge with the musical world.
– Margaret Wacyk (NY)

"This is a WONDERFUL learning tool and a great resource. This book delivers all it says it will do and even more! This mental practice is really magical. A great book worth every cent!"
– Richard Cottrell from Bay Head (NJ)

As a piano beginner, I found this book to be invaluable, the techniques are simple and great fun to apply, it is amazing that once you apply the techniques and then sit and play the piece you have been rehearsing to find that your fingers now know what keys to hit and when to hit them at the correct time. Not only can you now play the piece but you also find that it brings out the feeling that the author was trying to convey, pieces I have been playing for some time have taken on new life, and passages that were just bland now sound so lively as the emotion of that section comes through. The biggest problem I have had is that when I practise the techniques and then play the piece on the piano I am so amazed as to how my fingers now know what to do that I often have to stop playing because I am laughing so much. Highly recommended, very easy to read book."
– Noel Lackey (Ireland)

"Hi, I’m a voice major and I bought the book to help me with my piano requirement. The book not only boosted my confidence for my piano exams, but also was very useful for my sight singing classes!"
– Maria from Boston (MASS)

"Last night I watched the movie “Bewitched” with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. While I was watching the movie, I recognized right away the notes of the melody and had fun later playing it on the piano. A huge Thank you! You completely changed my relationship with my favorite instrument!"
– Kelly from San Francisco (CA)

This book is marvelous! In a fun and easy to understand way Mr.Richards combines some theory with a very clever aural skills method and then follows with photographically memorizing and practicing the piano music... In over a half a century of performing I hug this book every time I see it and it will develop you to you highest potential.What more can you ask for? It's a MUST have!!!"Hands
– Dr. Robert Balaban from Rockford (IL)

"This book covers relative pitch quickly and it is actually easy to understand, and knowing what each interval sounds like helps me play just about anything I hear."
– Courtney from Hurst (TX)

"There are quite some books and websites out there on the subject of memorizing piano music. But for some reason, I have never heard or found anything on mental practice. I found it to be the most powerful and complete tool I have ever used. I enjoy my piano lessons so much more; I go there feeling like a famous virtuoso rehearsing with a philharmonic orchestra! I can really say I have the music in my head!"
– Travis from Tulsa (OK)

Thank you for your marvelous book on memorizing music. I am 57 years old now, and have played the piano and organ my entire life. As a child, I found memorization extremely difficult. I forced myself to repeat phrases ad infinitum until they were memorized. It was drudgery. Because of this lack of skill, I did not become a professional musician as my teachers had hoped (and as my talent would have dictated). I trained myself to be a super sight reader. My piano teacher once told me that people either memorize easily or sight read easily. As a church organist, sight reading was a real benefit to me. However, it has always been embarrassing to me not to be able to play from memory. I am going back to pieces I played in high school and reclaiming the memory. I am also now studying classical music on the harp. I memorize every piece I learn. I play better from memory. Your book has many helpful hints about memorizing music. If I ever teach music, as I hope to do one day, I will include your instructions in my teaching. I wish I had this training in memory years ago!"Order Now
– Roger from Colorado Springs (CO)