Mudcat Café message #977943 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #60984   Message #977943
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
06-Jul-03 - 05:49 PM
Thread Name: Learning and remembering the words..
Subject: RE: Learning and remembering the words..
There have been some useful previous threads with good ideas - enter "remembering songs" in the search engine comes up with some of them.

Most useful trick I know is start with working on learning the last verse, and work back. That way as you get into a song you are getting into more familiar territory rather than the reverse.

But however well you know a song there's likely to be a time you go completely blank. If you sing the last line or the last verse over again it'll likely come back, and the chances are if you don't let on anyone who notices will think it's an intentional way of emphasising the lines.

Techniques for remembering by imagery might help to get the words in the right order, but I'd think it'd really get in the way of what is more important, putting the meaning of the song across - you can only do that I think when you aren't trying to remember the words at all, just opening your mouth and listening to them come out, as a way of telling the story or communicating the mood or whatever.