How to memorize lyrics…

Do you find it hard to memorize lyrics?

Especially as a solo artist with no weekly rehearsing?

I would really love to share some of my experiences as I have written a lot of songs and have performed  as a solo act finding it sometimes hard with all the memorizing. Sadly I can not give you an easy escape as the first thing I will say is:

* Practice a lot!
You really need to get to a point when you don’t need to think about the lyrics at all. And it’s possible if you practice your songs a lot, specially in the beginning. Take the chance when you have a few minutes waiting for something at home.

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*Take any chance to repeat the lyrics
You can also go through the lyrics in your mind a lot of times. When I have a new song I can “sing it” in my mind over and over again while taking a walk or going somewhere. If you have it on record you can play the song/songs over and over again. You wonder why can remember other songs more easy than your own? Probably you heard them so many times over and over again. They stuck.

*Singing in the shower never gets old
Here you have the chance to sing the song and practice both the singing and the lyrics!

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*In time you learn faster
Oh, it’s totally true for me, it’s way more easy now to learn a song both playing the guitar and singing the lyrics. In that way I can rehearse a new song just 1-2 weeks before a gig. And the songs I struggled hard to learn in the beginning? The lyrics are still so well memorized that even if I in my mind black out I still keep singing and that’s a big comfort!

I hope that these experience can help those who sometimes like me have struggled with lyrics.

// Har du funnit det tufft att memorera dina låttexter, särskilt om du har ett soloprojekt där du inte har regelbudna reptillfällen? Jag skulle gärna vilja dela med mig av mina knep!

Till en början är det viktigt att öva mycket. Andras låtar kommer man ibland lättare ihåg texterna men det är just för att du har hört dem om och om igen. Har du en inspelning lyssna på den om och om, ta chansen att gå igenom texten när du tex. promenerar. Sjunga i duschen är en klassiker, här kan du öva på sången separat och även texten. Jag har upptäckt att jag blivit bättre och bättre på att lära mig texter, det gör det möjligt att kunna öva in nya låtar bara 1-2 veckor före spelningen. Och de låtar som jag i början fick kämpa med att lära mig kan jag sjunga vidare på trots att jag inombords har en blackout. Det ger otrolig trygghet.

Hoppas detta har varit till hjälp!

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