How To Memorize a Song in 8 Simple Steps

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{"blocks":[{"key":"a38vb","text":"The human brain works on its own accord. For example, you can memorize a song that you hate because your sibling plays it all the time in your room. But when it comes to learning a song for your upcoming performance, your mind becomes as blank as a white piece of paper.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":270,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":270,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":270,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":270,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"e912h","text":"Also, when your mind decides to forget something, it’ll be pretty hard to bring it back. You’ll be struck by your inability to remember the lyrics you’ve been memorizing for long—no thanks to the human brain!","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":208,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":208,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":208,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":208,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"20hv7","text":"Well, we have good news for you. By following some simple strategies, you’ll be able to memorize any song coming your way, even if the lyrics are complex. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":155,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":155,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":155,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":155,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"8smi0","text":"Follow the article to know how to memorize a song without straining your mind.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":78,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":78,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":78,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":78,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

How To Memorize a Song

{"blocks":[{"key":"59ma3","text":"Step 1: Listen Closely","type":"header-two","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":22,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":22,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":22,"style":"fontsize-16pt"},{"offset":0,"length":22,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"vl43","text":"When listening to the song, don’t play it out loud while there’s noise around you. Instead, put your headphones on and listen to the music closely. Try to block out your surroundings and focus only on the lyrics, the rhyme, and the beats.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":238,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":238,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":238,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":238,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"aogc7","text":"If the song you need to memorize isn’t recorded, ask the person who wrote it to perform it, record it using a phone, and send you the recording. 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You’ll be able to create a connection, and singing it along will help it stick to your brain faster.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":187,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":187,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":187,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":187,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"beqnr","text":"Step 3: Learn the Song’s Meaning","type":"header-two","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":32,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":32,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":32,"style":"fontsize-16pt"},{"offset":0,"length":32,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"99n87","text":"If the song is complicated, and you can’t create a story for it, try learning its meaning. All songs have meanings, even if you don’t understand them in that way. 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All songs have specific components, including the intro, chorus, verses, and bridges. By separating the lyrics into these sections, you’ll find it easier to memorize the song because you’ll have a better understanding of how the lyrics flow.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":353,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":353,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":353,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":353,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"bepoq","text":"After you create your map, listen to the song again and keep your notes in front of you. 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Meaning, if you associate a verse of a song with a single word, your mind only needs to remember the word, then the rest will follow in a domino-like movement.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":215,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":215,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":215,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":215,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"3f9q2","text":"It’s like when you solve a particular question while listening to the song. When you see the question in the exam, your mind will play the song because it associates it with the question.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":187,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":187,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":187,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":187,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"97b86","text":"So, to memorize a song, you can remember only the first line of each verse. 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The best example of that is Marlon Brando while filming The Godfather.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":307,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":307,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":307,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":307,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"b966e","text":"To create the cue cards, make a card for each part of the song. Then, write only a few words of that section, or hint words without writing the whole line. As you sing, move through the cards. 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Think of Love Story by Taylor Swift or You Know I’m No Good by Amy Winehouse. When you associate the song with a story, it becomes pretty easy to memorize it because you know the start of the story and its end.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":272,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":272,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":272,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":272,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"66a5n","text":"When you start singing, your mind will keep the song flowing along the story’s line. Paying attention to the song’s story is vital for memorizing it.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":149,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":149,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":149,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":149,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"3oi1u","text":"Even if the song you’re trying to memorize doesn’t have a story, try to create one for it in your mind.\n","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":103,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":103,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":103,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":103,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"dsgac","text":"Step 8: Sing Along","type":"header-two","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":18,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":18,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":18,"style":"fontsize-16pt"},{"offset":0,"length":18,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"5q9oq","text":"When you start feeling you have a good grasp of the song you’re memorizing, you can play it and sing along. When you’re not looking at the lyrics, you’ll know whether you’ve memorized or not for sure. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":201,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":201,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":201,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":201,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"e70dc","text":"Singing along helps because you have the original singer backing you up. Plus, you’ll be able to build confidence with the song because you’re letting your voice out.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":166,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":166,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":166,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":166,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"3tfp2","text":"Do it once, and then repeat it the next day. 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Conclusion

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