In today’s episode,Tara talks gives some very solid and practical tips to help you memorize songs for your shows, whether a few songs or many!
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The article on people’s capability to memorize:
“Your brain has an almost unlimited capacity for memory. It can actually store about 2.5 petabytes of memory…which is a million gigabytes!”
“If your brain was a smartphone on which you downloaded TV shows, it could record 300 years of continuous TV before running out of space.”
Dr. Emily Mason (University of Louisville)
Some practical tips to memorize songs:
- Finding a story in the song.
- Look at specific images—are their descriptions of things in the lyrics?
- Does anything repeat itself?
- Looking for those things that repeat but have subtle changes of words.
- Analyze the form of the song.
- Look at the lyrics in front of you as you listen to the song.
- Speaking the lyrics out loud.
- Starting with looking at songs and finding the ones which have the most lyrics in a song—start with the hardest one.
- From Lenora Green-Turner (classical artist) said that she writes out the text or doodles pictures. She also puts translations side by side (where there are other languages) to see what feelings she needs to put in the song.
- Look for rhymes in the words.
- For the music part, record yourself singing and compare to original melody recording.
- On the lyric sheets, writing in the note name or draw dots in the direction of the notes.
- Repetition. Listen everywhere to the song so it gets ingrained in your head.
- Create a plan. Set deadlines backwards so you know when you need to have EVERYTHING memorized.
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