Memorizing song lyrics hasn’t always been my strongest asset.
Learning chords, chord progressions, scales and guitar solos were always the easy part.
I’d go through them once or twice and they were stored in my brain for ages. But those nasty lyrics didn’t seem to get further than my short term memory.
I ultimately tackled this problem by using a learning technique called spaced repetition.
Spaced repetition works with graduated time intervals. It makes use of the spacing effect where you learn something several times spaced over a long time span.
Instead of cramming (hastily and intense studying at the latest possible moment) which is great for storing huge amounts of information for a short period of time, spaced repetition will pass the information from the short term memory onto the long term memory and make it last indefinitely.
This technique was first discovered by Hermann Ebbinghaus, a german psychologist who experimented with the study of memory and did some extraordinary findings. He contributed to science with brilliant insights on the forgetting curve, the learning curve and the spacing effect.
While you can apply the spaced repetition technique to any kind of (musical) information, we’ll take “memorizing lyrics” as an example.Continue Reading