Mudcat Café message #3041010 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #60984   Message #3041010
Posted By: Gallus Moll
26-Nov-10 - 03:37 PM
Thread Name: Learning and remembering the words..
Subject: RE: Learning and remembering the words..
1 type the song out for your songs file (as someone already suggested)

2 then learn the song by ear!

3 practise it from memory (whether you can remember it all or not) while out walking the dog etc - get to a stage of singing verses in any order, last to first, start in the middle

4 definitely perform it in (semi) public one or more times to 'bed it down' - eg a small session, gathering in someone's house etc

5 when it comes to the event (Burns' Supper or whatever) remember two things:
i the song / message of the song is more important than your ego - just do your best, sing from your heart.
ii few if any other people in the room know or could sing that song, and so it is your responsibility to share it to the best of your ability - that is how all folk music has been transmitted down the years!