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

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Aug 31st, 2012 07:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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   Print Topic   Search Topic

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

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Jul 7th, 2014 01:36 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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

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Oct 7th, 2014 09:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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   Print Topic   Search Topic

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!



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Apr 6th, 2015 01:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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   Print Topic   Search Topic

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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