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GUEST,The Man from UNCOOL Learning and remembering the words.. (56* d) RE: Learning and remembering the words.. 05 Jan 19

  I second John Routledge’s, Jeeneia’s, Nigel Parsons’, EKanne’s, Allen C’s & best bet’s idea(s)* about writing lyrics down / having a small cheat card, etc…  with some riders, or additions.  If you’re of the generation that learnt to write before you could type, WRITE the lyrics out (muscle memory, if nothing else).
* all way up, before Seaking replied to their posts.
  Artful Codger makes a useful additional point about repunctuating borrowed / transcribed lyrics (if you know enough grammar for the originals to be a problem.  Btw, AC, I didn't know it was an American practice to initial-cap. the first lines:  I’m sure it’s widely used in hymnals, [UK] Victorian song-sheets, etc.).
  If there’s enough room on the page, and the content suits it, you could even remove the breaks between lines, so sentences flow on [not to make prose, but to e.g. halve the number of printed / written lines].  Print off / Write your transcriptions with the paper in landscape format (= most desktop computer screens), if that helps fit one page.  As long as content suits, this may help the narrative element of story-songs.
  Clearly, the image-linking technique seems to work for you:  Abuwood, it may indeed be called mind-mapping;  it’s certainly like the methods advocated by Harry Lorayne (and ? others) in his Super-Power Memory books [my dad had some, published in the 50s], though not termed that, then.
  puck recommends learning from CDs / YouTube.  With respect, I think learning from another’s performance is not the most helpful:  you learn THEIR version, not yours (including, likely, their [regional] accent).  Go back to writing down the lyrics;  READ them back to yourself, over and over, ignoring the music, just using the rhythm of the speech.  This should better inform your musical rendering, when it comes.
  Further, record (or, get a friend to) the spoken version of it and play it through headphones, and / or on your personal stereo [out-of-date cultural reference, I know:  see why I m called The Man from UNCOOL!!!]  Listening back while you jog, or walk, or have sex, or anything you do rhythmically, is a great way to embed the rhythmic aspect of the words into your animal brain [I confess I haven’t myself road-tested the sex method:  she objects to my wearing earplugs… ]
  If you like their rendering, get a friend or loved one to record it spoken, and send yourself off to sleep to the sound of it.  I wouldn’t be surprised if you can get programmable headphones / bedside radios that fade out gently to silence;  you can definitely get radios that cut off after a pre-set time (which you set, ideally, to after you’ll have dropped off).  If used as a sleep-inducer, it won’t seem like “learning”.
  Having used that method to learn the words in order, record yourself humming a verse, and play THAT to yourself on loop (again, during a jog, walk, whatever:  set the rhythm to suit the song.  Finally, record yourself singing the song, from the cheat-sheet, and play THAT back over to yourself, similarly.  That way (rather longer-winded to describe than to fix), will ensure you learn it in your OWN voice / timbre / pacing, rather than that of someone else.
  Good luck

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