Originally Posted by Redhotbassist
Hi Tony, hope you're well!
I was hoping you could answer my question on this:
I play in around 8 bands/projects currently (all different styles, which is fun) as i'm sure you may do aswell? or have done at some point in your career??
Having so many set's and songs to learn/listen to and practice it can get a bit hectic! what would be your best advice to learning songs and structures without losing the freshness of the song, for example.. listening to a track 50 times over.. sometimes can work backwards i've heard? what is the easiest way to learning songs start to finish and keeping the structures really memory tight! let me know what you think, any advice is welcome..
Thanks in advance
Hi there. Wow that's a lot of bands.
I have been in situations where I have had to learn a lot of songs by memory in a short amount of time. It can be overwhelming but I have my own little method of doing it.
I start by just listening to the track once then on the 2nd time through I mark out the form on manuscript for example (Intro, Verse, Chorus, Interlude, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus/Solo, Chorus out) etc.
3rd time around I start filling in the chords or at least the roots along with any distinctive Bass patterns or groove rhythms.
4th time I play along with the chart and 5th time I try by memory and just keep repeating until I can play through.
I move on to the next song after that and repeat the process. After every 5 tunes I run through everything again and I start to really internalize the forms and chord changes.
One method I have is timing my work load leading up to a gig, so for example if I have 10 days to memorize 10 tunes I'll do 5 tunes in like 3 days and re run through everything then the next 5 in the next 3 days so that's all 10 in 6 days. The last 4 are just reviewing.
I try not to cram if possible and spend to long over doing it. Once I can play through it I move on and don't go back to it that day. Sometimes just being away from it can help you absorb the info.
Good luck you have a lot of tunes to learn
It does get easier.