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Arkansas, USA

Sep 7th, 2010 12:19 PM        

Just curious: who memorizes lyrics before they are performed and who uses written copies?



Sep 8th, 2010 02:26 PM        

IMO reading them is less professional, so I strive to memorize.<br /> <br /> But... sometimes the first word for the wrong verse just "comes out" and you're stuck singing them out of order. Luckily, for many songs, it doesn't really matter.


usa/ Northwest IN

You say you`re leavin,I`ll help you pack
Sep 11th, 2010 04:41 PM        

LOL......I manage to slur lyrics really well when I have a brain fart.........



what exit?!?!
Sep 14th, 2010 05:04 AM        

I use cheat sheets with the first couple of lines for each verse so I dont sing em out of order. I rarely have to use em.... much more professional to memorize em


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Universe of Tejas

Bluz Cowboy
Nov 5th, 2010 09:11 AM        

I am having a lot of trouble with "Come Together". Wierd lyrics and a lot of them are somewhat similar but different. The trouble with doing a good song with gobbledy gook lyrics. I love ya John, but ya know ya did it.


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Southern Sweden

What, Me worry?
Nov 7th, 2010 12:55 PM        

Does not bother me since I'm not a pro. I have a stand with lyrics and chords. I've always had Alzheimer lite and occasional blackouts.


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Nov 7th, 2010 06:22 PM        

We played a gig last night and I used a cheat sheet up on a floor monitor for "White Room". I have all the verses down but for some reason can't remember the order of the choruses anymore. <br /> <br /> Old age setting in. I've always been pretty good with wordy tunes, like "The Weight".


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Nov 15th, 2010 05:12 PM        

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


Omaha, USA

Apr 2nd, 2012 10:35 AM        

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        

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.<br /> <br /> 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 <br /> <br /> 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<br /> <br /> 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        

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!<br />


vero beach, fl

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

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



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

Jim,<br /> 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<br />



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

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        

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. <br /> <br /> 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        

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        

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        

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        

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        

I have a teleprompter.

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