Many songwriters share the fear that their songs will be forgotten when played in front of an audience. Even if you think it’s an insurmountable problem, there are things you can do to keep those songs playing.


“What’s the next line?”

Many times we ask “Well, what’s the next line?” when we are on stage. We think so when we are training at home, but on stage we make mistakes and fear social rejection, and this fear will force us to ask ourselves. This will help us correct our performance.

However, the opposite is happening. When we ask ourselves the question, “What’s the next line?” This bothers us 1. It reminds us that forgetting the song is a possibility (we didn’t think about it when we practiced at home) and 2. It happens when we get used to ourselves. The last place we want to be when we’re on stage is to retire from our work.

focus on the emotion

If yes, how can we reduce it? It’s important to focus your attention on the feelings of the song and what the main character is experiencing. Your mind can only focus on one important thing at a time. When your mind is focused on what’s going on with your emotions and your main character in your lyrics, “What’s my next line?” There is no question. Because you are busy thinking about other (most important) things. Take part in the story you present. Think of yourself as an actor.

Not only that, when you think about your character’s feelings, there are lyrics because you’re thinking in terms of the entire story, not just a bunch of lines. You are thinking of the whole, not just some small part. Instead of listing a few lines in your mind, you experience a story.

Think like this would be a better stage.Why? Thus, one of the most important tasks for a singer is to incorporate emotion into her songs. The lines and distribution of words should work together.

I’m a big proponent of not using song sheets when you’re on stage for this right reason. Imagine for a second that it transferred you to the karma-driven world of the Earl. If you knew what I was talking about, you would have seen a singer who differs from speaking his mind. He didn’t know what the next words would be until he looked at his front page.

In spoken words, the tone of our voice has more meaning than the words we speak. Singing is an exaggerated form of speech, so this concept applies to song as well. If you think about the emotions, you need to feel while singing and telling stories, it will improve your voice performance.

training, training, training

Don’t think that by using this technique, you can reach the stage unprepared. I think the songs will come to you. Training is important.

Practice at home without your song sheet. very. Change the way you practice focusing only on your songs. Try singing your songs in a cappella. To see how you can handle that change when you train at home, try singing a cappella at twice their normal tempo. This will better prepare you for the excitement of the stage.

If you’re playing with a song sheet in front of you, you’ll get rid of that habit. If you read five songs with one song, the next time you have a kick, try playing only four songs with that song. When you’re convinced you can write it with three songs and then two, you’ll wonder why you need a song in your live performance before you even know it.

As a last resort, upgrade

In those moments when you slip and forget the castle, keep calm and throw something else in there. Most people still don’t notice. Especially if it’s your own song and they don’t know the lyrics. If you forget a song, don’t stop playing, or laugh and say something like “I’m so stupid, I forgot my words”. You don’t want to draw attention to something that others don’t notice.

It’s also important to realize that if you forget a line, it’s not a big deal. You don’t want to practice this, but all artists experience an amnesia from time to time. Understand that this is okay. It’s not limited to you, it’s a fun slip. Then forget about it and move on. I can’t tell you how important it is to not think of such small hassles.

The turn is your

Memorizing your songs is a one-off process. Be repetitive and remember to focus on the emotions your main character is experiencing. And training! Nothing useful happens overnight. Have fun watching it and try not to take every performance too. Leave it like that, move on to the next.

Anthony Cesario is the owner of the website, which is dedicated to the development and improvement of songwriters of all talent levels. Anthony’s writings appear as exemplified in the book “Songwriting Without Borders: Songwriting Exercises for Discovering Your Voice” by the acclaimed professor of songwriting at Berkeley College of Music.