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AndreasW How do you learn/memorize songs? (85* d) RE: How do you learn songs? 14 Dec 98

Hi Ewan McV

Right now I have almost finished (after some monthes of listening/scribbling)
typing up the lyrics to all my folk song recordings
(about 360 songs, so I would say I am not a beginner at this business anymore).
But still I have difficulties understanding all the words/verses of some lyrics.

There are several reasons:
- sometimes parts of vocals are very low (while instruments are louder)
- sometimes the singer has a strong accent
- sometimes I just can't figure out what the verse is meant to say, and many English words sound the same.
- sometimes the cause is that English is not my native language.

Don't forget, there's more countries where English is not the native language,
and it is hard to understand some song lyrics for non-native speakers,
especially if you consider there are some "versions" of English:
English, Scottish, Irish, American, Canadian, Australian, ...,
some of them could even be seen more distinguished,
e.g. BBC-English vs. London-working-class English...

(Disclaimer: all examples are selected randomly,
omitted language variations are not better or worse than the ones mentioned)

If you can understand all the song lyrics from listening to
your recordings, I envy you.
But don't forget there are some people (like me) who are not perfect.

Please forgive my non-perfect English, I am not a native speaker...


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