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Sep 16, 2021 - 10:43:59 AM
462 posts since 6/11/2019

I posted last year here on the topic of lyrics memorization.  I appreciate all the inputs.

So, now a year later we finally have a gig at a festival (a step up from the old-folks homes), tips-only, and I am singing lead for most of the songs.  I know them pretty well, but I am a little nervous about going blank.  If I could have a card handy to peek at, listing the songs and just the first couple words of each verse I would be good to go.

But I don't know where to stash this card.  I've seen guitarists and especially bass players tape something to their instrument, and I've even seen a fiddler with a sheet taped on back.  Seems a little sacrilegious, and I don't want to mess up my fiddle's finish, but it would be just a couple times til I feel confident enough to get rid of it.

Maybe a laminated card and use that easy-to-pull-off glue that they use on your new credit cards in the mail?  I don't know what you call that stuff.

What are your suggestions, please?  Sorry, but going in "nekkid" is not an option, yet.  Thanks

Sep 16, 2021 - 11:31:12 AM

Mobob

USA

172 posts since 10/1/2009

maybe a couple of 3 x 5 cards in your shirt pocket as a crib sheet.

Sep 16, 2021 - 1:05:06 PM
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DougD

USA

10290 posts since 12/2/2007

Yeah, or maybe something on your wrist, like the baseball catchers have. Or just use a stand of some kind - a music stand or clip something to a mic stand. Or just set cards on a small table.

Sep 16, 2021 - 1:52:05 PM
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1613 posts since 4/6/2014

Folk seem to use i-pad things, or tablet computers nowadays?? Even orchestras.

Sep 16, 2021 - 2:29:23 PM
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carlb

USA

2359 posts since 2/2/2008

On the floor a sheet of paper, with large print, of the first line, or part of, for each verse.

Sep 16, 2021 - 3:52:23 PM

2419 posts since 10/22/2007

I read my old post. Okay, take two: In a symphony, there are over a hundred high paid players all with music stands in front of them. Why not y'all? You're still playing. You're still singing. It ain't like you're lip-syncing. Billy Joel looks like he has a Napa parts book in front of him.

Sep 16, 2021 - 4:03:21 PM

1983 posts since 8/27/2008

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Originally posted by farmerjones

I read my old post. Okay, take two: In a symphony, there are over a hundred high paid players all with music stands in front of them. Why not y'all? You're still playing. You're still singing. It ain't like you're lip-syncing. Billy Joel looks like he has a Napa parts book in front of him.


True enough. Lots of popular music is created in the studio with lyric sheets for the singers and it can sound great too. I've occasionally played with a music stand set down low where I could refer to it. But the best connection with an audience for popular music (including fiddle tunes and folk songs) is looking 'em in the eye and playing and singing by heart. If you need some help so be it, but it's best to aim to know your material and not rely on aids.

Edited by - Brian Wood on 09/16/2021 16:12:05

Sep 16, 2021 - 5:36:15 PM

2419 posts since 10/22/2007

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Originally posted by Brian Wood
quote:
Originally posted by farmerjones

I read my old post. Okay, take two: In a symphony, there are over a hundred high paid players all with music stands in front of them. Why not y'all? You're still playing. You're still singing. It ain't like you're lip-syncing. Billy Joel looks like he has a Napa parts book in front of him.


True enough. Lots of popular music is created in the studio with lyric sheets for the singers and it can sound great too. I've occasionally played with a music stand set down low where I could refer to it. But the best connection with an audience for popular music (including fiddle tunes and folk songs) is looking 'em in the eye and playing and singing by heart. If you need some help so be it, but it's best to aim to know your material and not rely on aids.


If I could link my first reply to the first thread, I went 180.  My first reply, I felt made me sound too dogmatic to the other extreme. The solution is more likely somewhere in between.

Sep 17, 2021 - 11:09:37 AM
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462 posts since 6/11/2019

All these are great, thanks. I need something to glance at quickly in case I draw a blank just as someone is wrapping up their break. I know everybody uses ipads, now, but I'm kind of retro. The easiest would probably be to use a music stand off to the side. I want to be able to sing to the audience, not a stand.

The most original solution IMO is from DougD, with the playcall wristband! I'm actually going to try that, since they are only 5 bucks or so. Put it on my left arm so that I can glance down while I'm 'chunking' backup. I don't think it will hamper left hand much, but we'll see.

Sep 17, 2021 - 5:12:52 PM

Moko

USA

16 posts since 11/24/2017

Maybe you can refer to the movie “fabulous baker boys” for inspiration!

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