How I Learn A Song


1. I listen to the whole song WITHOUT playing (so important). I listen to see how many sections are in the song, and how many sections actually change chord progressions. If there are 4 sections, but only 2 of the sections have different progressions, then my mind automatically flips from " I gotta learn a whole song" to , "I gotta learn 2 sets of chord progressions."

2. I learn the first section until I can play it all the way through at least 85% flawless. Then I learn the 2nd section the same way. After I learn the 2nd section, i play section 1 & 2 back to back until its 85% flawless.

3.I repeat this process until I learn all the sections. Once I learn all the sections and can play the whole song with the cd, then I go back and learn the lyrics. Not ALL the lyrics (you can if you want), but I learn the lyric transitions. Basically, I learn the lyrics that take you out of and into the next section. This is very important for church music because the P&W leader may not stick to the record format.

4. Finally after I learn the whole song and lyric transitions, I play the whole song by myself without the cd. When I can do that, then I know (I KNOW) the song.

* Side Tip: If you have problems learning complicated licks in a song, try this. Think of every complicated lick as 1 complete song. Lets say the whole phrase consist of 13 notes. Treat those 13 notes as if that were the whole entire song. If somebody came up to you and said, "I need you to learn this song by next week. Its only 4 seconds long, and only has 13 notes," you would think "piece of cake!" Not so hard now huh?

Hope this helped!
CDUB

28 comments

  • Albert Ross
    Albert Ross San ANtonio
    Gret tips I'm going to put them to use

    Gret tips I'm going to put them to use

  • Albert
    Albert San Antonio
    [quote=Albert Ross] Great tips I'm going to put them to use [/quote] Great tips I'm going to put them to use LOL typing too fast

    Albert Ross wrote:
    

    Great tips I'm going to put them to use

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  • Chris Tiner
    Chris Tiner Dallas
    This is similar to how I learn my songs as well. I will try your method to see how much quicker I can fully know the song.

    This is similar to how I learn my songs as well. I will try your method to see how much quicker I can fully know the song.

  • Benjamin
    Benjamin Charlotte
    This is awesome advise, I just joined a new church after moving from my home church for almost 20 years, and this advise is a great help

    This is awesome advise, I just joined a new church after moving from my home church for almost 20 years, and this advise is a great help

  • Erwin Musgrove
    Erwin Musgrove Haughton, La.
    Very informative, thanks for sharing and blessing others.

    Very informative, thanks for sharing and blessing others.

  • James Eichelberger
    James Eichelberger Flint, Mi
    Good stuff!!! I'm going to try this out!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

    Good stuff!!! I'm going to try this out!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Gary Royston
    Gary Royston Mississisppi
    Will be applying this method since you made it sound so elementary. Once again Thanks Doc. But you forgot to tell us to practice with your click tracks?

    Will be applying this method since you made it sound so elementary. Once again Thanks Doc.

    But you forgot to tell us to practice with your click tracks?

  • Antonio
    Antonio Jackson Ms
    Awesome!!!

    Awesome!!!

  • Stan
    Stan Chicago
    Yes, this helps to compartmentalize better comprehension of a song.

    Yes, this helps to compartmentalize better comprehension of a song.

  • JIM
    JIM
    That's nice

    That's nice

  • Jovan Ashton
    Jovan Ashton Maryland
    Thank you for sharing you wisdom and knowledge....

    Thank you for sharing you wisdom and knowledge....

  • Antoine Hammond
    Antoine Hammond Ellenwood
    I love this approach!!!!!!

    I love this approach!!!!!!

  • Chimzi
    Chimzi Nigeria
    Thanks Boss. Great tips. Please i would also like some tips on Loop creation. Need mine to sound better than it sounds right now.

    Thanks Boss. Great tips.
    Please i would also like some tips on Loop creation. Need mine to sound better than it sounds right now.

  • Terrence
    Terrence Ohio
    Great info! For elaborate licks, download Anytune to slow the music down and learn it note by note.

    Great info!
    For elaborate licks, download Anytune to slow the music down and learn it note by note.

  • ote
    ote warri
    Nice one bro. God bless u

    Nice one bro. God bless u

  • Dezlyn
    Dezlyn South Africa
    Thanks allot sir, definately helpfull tips.... i will be including them in my next approach to learning my next new song... Bless u Sir.

    Thanks allot sir, definately helpfull tips.... i will be including them in my next approach to learning my next new song... Bless u Sir.

  • Larry Crowder
    Larry Crowder Greensboro NC
    I thought I was the only one that did it this way. But sometimes I do use CRIB NOTES.

    I thought I was the only one that did it this way. But sometimes I do use CRIB NOTES.

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