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Steve Gardham tips for memorizing songs? (39) RE: tips for memorizing songs? 16 Aug 21


Stan's advice very good. Most songs in tradition are narrative. Learn the story first. Keep testing yourself. Alter a ballad so that in the last line of one verse there is a hint at the first line of the next verse. Lady Franklin's Lament is almost perfect for this, and it helps as the narrative is not strong.

Other types of songs are often easier as they are reiterative, accumulations, repetitions, strong chorus.

Repeated chorus ballads like Two Sisters are quite easy as while the chorus is being sung you have a short time to bring the next line to mind.


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