How to avoid forgetting songs you've learned on guitar?

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  • How to avoid forgetting songs you've learned on guitar?


Answer #1 | 19/12 2013 21:12
Make a playlist and practice each one at least once at each session. If the list gets too long, split it and do the parts in rotation. That not only keeps the song memory fresh, but maintains all your skills. if the rotation gets longer than 4 sessions, start to write down lyrics and trim the less desirable ones from your list. You WILL lose some of the ones you drop. Others will unaccountably stick with you anyway. Reading the lyrics will usually 'bring em back at need. You do need to practice though. Don't you enjoy just playing? If not why do it?
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Answer #2 | 20/12 2013 14:01
As a guitarist, I honestly like forgetting songs in a weird way. Usually you can remember a shadow of a song, ie chord shapes, key its in but not all the details. So as long as you are comfortable with scales and have a bit of a creative bone you can usually get back 80 percent of the original by messing around for a few minutes, the rest you can make up/improvise this both makes you a better player and personalizes the song so it reflects you and your style more. I heard once that one's guitar style is attained by failing to sound like those who you look up to thus creating your own.
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Answer #3 | 19/12 2013 23:52
"I get bored practicing the same song over and over." Honestly, you aren't going to make much of a musician if you look at it like this. Do you think the guys in (insert band here) only practiced their songs a couple times when they wrote them? No way, they played them until they were utterly sick of hearing them. You aren't going to like my answer: The only way to really memorize a song is to play it until you don't have to think about it anymore. You'll hear the opening chord progression and your fingers will just launch into it almost by themselves.
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Answer #4 | 19/12 2013 22:54
Video your songs after you learn them.
Answer #5 | 19/12 2013 21:12
It is not uncommon for even seasoned, experienced musicians to forget songs after a period of not playing them. A little brush up on the song should bring it all back to you. You haven't been playing that long. You are just in diapers as far as a guitar player goes in relative age/experience. You have a lot to learn still. Just like anything, use it or lose it. I've forgotten many times more what I have learned than I remember over 44 yrs of guitar playing. But it's still "in there"

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