HOW TO AVOID FORGETTING LYRICS ON STAGE WHILE SINGING
- Listen and copy.
Put at least two versions of the song you want to learn and one backing track of the song onto your phone or whatever you use to listen to. The first version needs to be the actual song with the artist singing the lyrics. Put the backing track next on the playlist.
Then put the second version third on the playlist and again, follow up with the backing track.
When we sing along with the artist, we don’t really memorize the lyrics because the artist is constantly reminding us of what they are. This is why, following up with the backing track means you’re forced to memorize the lyrics yourself.
Having two different versions only strengthens this, because it jolts you out of hearing the same thing again and again. The second singer may hold notes differently or sing in a slightly different rhythm etc. By having two versions, followed by a backing track its a sure fire way to get that song into your head properly.
- Read through the lyrics properly and work out what they mean.
So what is the song you’re learning really about and what is the artist trying to say?
Imagine yourself walking through the song like it’s a movie and have it play out in your mind. If the lyrics say ‘come on lets party tonight’ then imagine yourself getting dressed up to go out to a party.
This will help you to remember your lyrics because most songs follow a story line. You go out to a party and then what? You meet a guy, or dance with your friends. Stories are more memorable that just trying to remember words.
- Try a written method of learning to kickstart your memory
People learn in a variety of ways. Some people prefer to listen, some people need things visually in front of them to learn, while some people need to write the lyrics out themselves in order for them to get stuck in your brain.
Throughout our school years, we do a lot of learning this way, the teachers will regurgitate a bunch of info, we write it out either by hand or on the computer and then it goes into our brain. So it makes sense to do the same thing with learning lyrics.
Instead of downloading the lyrics online, take the time to write them out by hand or on your computer, and you may find that you start remembering them.
So now you have three different methods for remembering song lyrics. Just choose whichever method you feel will work best for you, and please let me know if this has helped you in the comments below.
MASTERING LYRICS ON STAGE: EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR SINGERS
When it comes to performing on stage, there’s nothing worse than forgetting the lyrics to a song. It can throw off your entire performance and leave you feeling embarrassed. But fear not, we have some foolproof techniques to help you remember those lyrics and shine like a star on stage.
- Diverse Listening Techniques:
Dive deep into the song by immersing yourself in multiple versions. Start your playlist with the original track featuring the artist’s vocals. Follow it up with a backing track to challenge yourself. Next, add a cover version by a different artist, noticing the subtle differences in notes, rhythms, and expressions. This diverse approach keeps your mind engaged and ensures a strong grasp of the lyrics.
- Embrace the Song’s Narrative:
Understanding the song’s storyline is key to remembering lyrics. Visualize the lyrics as scenes in a movie playing in your mind. If the lyrics depict a night of partying, picture yourself getting ready, heading out, meeting people, and experiencing different moments. By associating the words with a vivid mental story, you create a memorable connection that enhances recall during your performance.
- Harness the Power of Writing:
Take a cue from traditional learning methods and put pen to paper. Transcribe the lyrics by hand or type them out on your computer. This tactile engagement with the words reinforces your memory as you physically interact with the lyrics. The act of writing helps imprint the words into your mind, making it easier to recall them when you’re on stage.
By incorporating these techniques into your rehearsal routine, you can conquer the challenge of forgetting lyrics. Each method caters to different learning styles, so choose the one that resonates with you the most. Remember, practice makes perfect, so keep honing your skills and watch your confidence soar on stage. If you find these tips helpful, share your success stories in the comments below. Happy singing!