Here is another Friday 10-second tip for you to enjoy…
It’s all about using:
Mnemonics to help you remember more
A mnemonic is simply a memory technique that helps you remember things easier.
They can be used in loads of situations. Here are a few examples:
A popular one is Eddie Ate Dynamite Good Bye Eddie.
- This is a well-known mnemonic to help you remember the open-string tuning of the guitar.
In music theory, I use this one – Big Cats, Eat Fish.
- I use this to remind me that there are no sharp or flat notes in between B and C (big cats) and there are also none in between E and F (eat fish).
There’s Gary Eats Chili Dogs.
- This helps students remember the popular ‘50s chord progression’.
- The chords for this progression in the key of G… are G Em C D
- Gary = G, Eats = Em, Chili = C, Dogs = D
There are loads of little things you can do to like this.
Sometimes it takes a little creativity, but this is time well spent.
In the past, I’ve even used mnemonics to help me remember the TAB for a piece of music.
…And did you know the word mnemonic comes from ‘Mnemosyne,’ who was the Greek goddess of memory?
Neither did, but now let’s create a mnemonic to try to remember that. Haha.
Anyway, I hope that was helpful.
Mnemonics are powerful. Use them when you can.
…And for more help applying these cool little memory tricks to your actual playing, so you can play with more elegance, you may want to check this out…
Enjoy your Friday!
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