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FDP Forum / Sing, Sing, Sing! - Vocalist's Forum / lyric memorization

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Please give a warm welcome to ME!!
Nov 15th, 2010 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

Easy solution: Sing Cookie-Monster style and nobody will know what you're singing anyway.


Omaha, USA

Apr 2nd, 2012 10:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Now in my 'senior' years I've been relying on my 'book' the last ten or so. Anything newer doesn't seem to stick as well. But, I can still do the rock 'oldies' from memory that I sang as a teen in the 60's. Maybe it's because of higher repetition back then.



Official Brew Master of Clamfest
Apr 7th, 2012 06:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

i memorize em but have seen some great iPad and Androd tablet apps along with a mic stand clip. So you get back lit lyrics with a wireless foot switch to scroll or to change pages and no one is the wiser.

and its small, non wired and you can glance as you need to. Beats cheat sheets in old man font onc the floor or monitors

I also play keys and my roland has a 4x4 LCD screen I can upload text files to and scroll. i use that a lot for cheat sheets

Dont like to use a book but many pros do. As long as you are not glued to it and can interact with the crowd then i say its all good. Only the musicians in the audience will care :)



Rockin' the Delaware Valley
Apr 8th, 2012 02:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

I find it almost impossible to play (keyboards) and remember lyrics at the same time, so I have to have the lyrics in front of me. At 58, I'll have to admit that I can't get away with the cheat sheets -- which were actually index cards -- that I used years ago. Can't read 'em, either!


vero beach, fl

That was broke
Apr 8th, 2012 05:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Alzhimers lite, I love that line and.....now I,m cured!



Official Brew Master of Clamfest
Apr 9th, 2012 06:09 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have used flip folders which is what the players in marching bands use. Its a 5x7 thin rolodex that can hold cheat sheets between teh clear palstic covers. I can see far but not up close so I have used them on the keyboard and just flip thru the songs. Double sided so flip it over and use the back for the next set

$5 for a 10 sheet flip folder



Rockin' the Delaware Valley
Apr 18th, 2012 06:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

I might be able to read those, if I can keep them close enough (near-sighted)! LOL!



I'm with you fellers!
Apr 20th, 2012 11:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've also gone to using a tablet to hold lyrics for me.. There are some songs that the lyrics stick in my head and some that don't want to stay in there. I used to use a small 3-ring binder and custom make my lyric sheets so I didn't have a large music stand in front of me.. Starting tomorrow night I'll be using the tablet and Guitar Tapp app.

It will be more like the major touring acts that have the lyrics scrolling on a computer monitor disguised as a monitor speaker. I don't always need the cheat sheets but it's comforting to have them in front of me if I need to glance down and make sure I'm getting it right. I would rather get the song right than mumble something or just plain not get anything close.

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Apr 21st, 2012 10:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

what I want is a teleprompt with a large font so I don't have to wear my glasses on stage. I can ignore the teleprompt if I know the lyrics.



Rockin' the Delaware Valley
Jun 15th, 2012 03:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just bought an inexpensive Android tablet primarily for displaying lyrics. Haven't used it live yet, but I have put all the songs from the current setlist into PDF files -- one set per file -- and all I have to do is tap the right side of the screen to go to the next page/song. If I can work out how to mount it by then, I might try it out at a private party in a couple days.


Omaha, USA

Jun 28th, 2012 07:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

When we saw Sir Paul in '05 I noticed his floor monitor cast a bit of light!



Rockin' the Delaware Valley
Jul 11th, 2012 11:56 AM   Edit   Profile  

Update: I used that Android tablet at the private party and don't think I'll go back to paper. It worked out great! A little washed out in the sunlight, but still readable, and no pages blowing in the wind. ;-)

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Naples, FL

"with a little help from my friends"
Jul 28th, 2012 05:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a teleprompter.



Aug 31st, 2012 07:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

I practice them a lot. I also write a lot of songs,several a week. There is no way for me to memorize them all. However, I do practice them until they feel natural. I then use my Ipad with OnSong as a prompter. I allows me to relax. Without it, I stress out and then my vocal performance goes down.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Mar 27th, 2013 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

In my first band in the 60's I knew the lyrics to hundreds of songs. No problem in the 70's...all quickly memorized.

Today at 60, I have a progressing dementia and over the past 10 years, can commit no words to memory. Memorization is a thing of the past for me. If someone mentions a song I sang 30-40 years ago, the words are right there. A song I've been singing the last 8-10 years, no way, no matter how familiar.

I did use a lyric book, but recently changed to an iPad. Sorry if it distresses any in the audience, but either I use it or I don"t sing.

In the last few weeks, I noticed even old songs I know from years past are starting to disappear from memory. Dang...

I play bass in a 3 piece and our song list is over 200 songs, plus a bunch we can pull out if requested. I also play a solo guitar gig and put together songs depending on the job. If not for the iPad, I'd just be sitting home watching TV.

So far, remembering music is fine...it's just the lyrics. I've been using "OnSong" for organizing pdf and Word documents on the iPad, and it's been great. I made a clip for my mic stand that makes it hard for someone to walk off with it, and it's pretty unobtrusive. I played for a retirement party last Sat night, and half the songs I did were for that party. I had done none of them before.

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St. Louis

"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Jul 7th, 2014 01:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

20-30 years ago I wrote down the lyrics and afterwards I retained them. That worked for years.
Then the Computer age came and I typed them. That worked about the same.
Now I'd better keep the first line or a few words of the phrase in front of me or it's an Oh hell no scenario.

Nothing like a big blown out intro to a song,really built up and then blow the first line.

But remember back then we knew 150 songs now we've screwed with thousands and they tend to blend together. The I pad is also my friend!

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Upstate NY, USA

Musical accident waiting to happen
Oct 7th, 2014 09:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

My theory is that when I can't memorize it, it's time to stop doing it. I don't like having to read anything on stage.

I will confess a couple of times to using Gman's method, though (cheat sheet first couple words in a line). In fact, I can think of only one song I ever had to do that on. Developed a mental block to it, for some reason.

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South Carolina

Dec 23rd, 2014 08:16 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been having the same problem, and for me I traced it back to how I used to learn lyrics. Used to be that you sat with the record (then caasette, then CD) and a notepad and transcribed the lyrics. Usually by the end of the song I pretty much knew all the words. Fast forward to the last 15 years or so, and the wonderful world of googling a song's name and instantly being able to print off the lyrics. Great, right??!!! Not so much for me. I know print them off, but handwrite the lyrics out - sometimes a couple of times. This has helped me a LOT in remembering songs.

I also have an I-pad mounted on my mic stand with set lists (no scrolling feature used). The program "Set List Maker" has some nice features, not the least of which is to load the lyrics in for songs that I'm still working on. Sometimes I only load the first line, because once I have that I'm off to the races (MOST of the time!).

Glad to know I'm not the only one struggling with this!



HELP! Population less than 100 000 000!
Apr 6th, 2015 01:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

I cant remember lyrics but Im also no pro so no big problem. On bigger events such as conserts or special performances I memorize what is needed.

Mounting the iPad to the mic stand was no problem. Problem was that the pad needs power and one more thing to charge or run on 220/110. And it only holds so and so many songs and it run out of memory. Be sure to get one with lots of memory. And I never could find the right software for my purposes to run the darn lyrics. I switched back to my folders and have managed.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Apr 10th, 2015 01:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

I LOVE the Onsong program. We use a different program for church (Musicstand) but I still prefer Onsong.

I have Dropbox on my computer and iPad. I work up my songs on the computer and put them in Dropbox.

On the iPad, I open Dropbox, find the songs and move them to Onsong.

Lyrics takes little memory. I've got many hundreds of songs and I'm still got lots of room on the free amount offered by Dropbox. Over 500 songs so far.

I can get to the lyrics far faster than I could with my folders. I've had folders fall over, get knocked over, pages blow to other songs, problems on dark stages, etc. I haven't had one problem with the iPad. I start a gig with it charged up and 4 hours later it's down about 30% or less. I've never had it drop lower than 65%.

It looks better than my old music stand and folders. Takes up no more room than my mic stand. It's been nothing but great for me.

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