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Posted By: GUEST,Desi C
25-Nov-10 - 07:30 AM
Thread Name: Learning and remembering the words..
Subject: RE: Learning and remembering the words..
You have my full sympathy. It's a problem I have though largely learnt to stop stressing over it. I've been amazed how many top performers do forget now and then, but they tend to breeze through it or as someone else here pointed out, learn with experience to invent a line or two. My best advice is don't be too proud, put your lyrics on the music stand, and gradually wean yourself off by trying one very by memory without looking at the paper, then only looking if you need to. Then learning one or two songs you feel confident enough to remember without any song sheet, if you get stuck the audience will often help, if not make a joke of it, it happens to everyone so tell yourself it's ok to make a mistake. Also along the way I would take a song sheet with just the first few words of each verse on, that nearly always prompts me to recall the rest of it. A lot of performers, don't see it so much now, used to tape the lyrics to the shoulder of their guitar, you could try that if you play guitar. Good luck