Mudcat Café message #977555 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #60984   Message #977555
Posted By: Mudlark
05-Jul-03 - 08:31 PM
Thread Name: Learning and remembering the words..
Subject: RE: Learning and remembering the words..
When young I was a quick study, but in my dotage I find it much more difficult to learn new songs (luckily the old ones remain pretty well fixed in memory). Since I am a nervous performer I'm never willing to trot out a new song til I feel I know it cold...and the only way I can come to this state is by singing it...not just while playing or practicing, but while driving, doing dishes, etc. I keep a copy of words close by and when I stumble and forget, only then do I look at the words, then put it away again. Once I've learned the words backwards and forwards, putting accompaniment to the piece isn't such a problem...if I forget a chord I can always just sort of smoothly stop playing for a bit, or vamp or whatever. But I'm a lot less likely to forget chords, etc. if I've got the words, the meaning of the words, my feelings about the words, all that good stuff, rock solid. It just takes time and patience, and the ability to feel good about learning one new song a month instead of dozens.