This is the method I’m undertaking to learn the last of my lyrics in the fastest way I can. All week, I’ve been listening to the songs, going over lyrics, the works, but at rehearsal yesterday the second I got in front of the mic on a few songs I was confident with, I completely blanked.
I knew them, but they just wasn’t coming out. My brain got to the stage where I’d been going over it so much you start having brain blocks (not uncommon before a show/performance). The downside is it makes you more nervous than you already are.
Tomorrow, me and J (my singing partner) have got an open mic performance at a local bar where we’re performing three songs. The day after, we’re at the venue of our professional gig for another open mic. Wednesday and Thursday, we’re rehearsing like crazy during the evening after J finishes work (he works full-time in an office), then Saturday, it’s on. The big night.
Our original plan for tomorrow’s open mic was to sing two songs we sang there before (we performed there last autumn/fall on an open mic) with a new song we’ve learned. Earlier on, J sent me a message, asking if we could replace one of the old songs with another newer one we’ve learned. I said ok.
It’s a lovely song called “Where Cowboys Ride” by Sarah Darling. But unfortunately, that was one of the songs I blanked out on yesterday even though I knew the words.
So drastic times call for drastic measures!
A method I learned from my sister. Learn lines for twenty minutes, then take twenty off to let them sink in, and start again for another twenty minutes, and so on and forth. It helped me learn a full hour and a half script in three days when I had a show last year and it was full steam ahead.
So fingers crossed, it will stand well by me this time around!
All my love,