Often I hear people talk about the Major system OR the PAO system and I worry they might believe that the two are mutually exclusive: maybe they think that by using the Major system they lose the ability to use the PAO system.
I just want to say that the two are very compatible. If you are already aware of this, please ignore the rest of my message. If you are not aware, perhaps this will help:
The Major system is simply one well-known method for systematically converting sounds to numbers, which gives us an easy way to associate words (and images) with numbers.
The PAO system, along with many other systems–PA, PAOL (aka PAIL) and many more–gives us a technique to chunk together groups of mnemonically encoded words into a single contextual unit by taking advantage of the way the human mind likes to keep people tightly associated with the actions they perform and the objects they use. (There are other kinds of associations that the brain favors, but these are among the most important.)
To oversimplify: we are very comfortable imagining situations in terms of Persons Actions and Objects (PAO). In English and many other languages, this essentially corresponds to Subject-Verb-Object (SVO).
So, moving on, here is an example of how you might create a Major system PAO:
- Sue, Hose, Saw
- Ed, Hit, Hat
- Noah, Win, Wine
- Amy, Mow, Ham
- Harry, Wear, Arrow
The principles to create such as system can be made use of in many very flexible ways. To be honest, it really doesn’t matter a lot whether you use the Major system or some other variation. But, since you have already learned it, you may wish to stick with it.
More importantly, by using the above principles, you can do some very complex things–but it may take some additional effort to prepare.
To accomplish what you are trying to achieve–that is, to memorize information that has an elaborated notational structure–you might need to develop other notational systems, such as an alphabetical and (possibly) roman number system. But that should become evident based on the conversation below.
An important first task (to achieve your goals), would be (IMO) to gain an understanding of the variety of section and subsection notations your system will need to accommodate. Earlier you indicated that it would be something like: Section 35-B(2). It sounds like the variety of notation formats might be no more complicated than remembering one of the following formats (where 9 refers to any digit and A refers to any letter)
Simple section formats:
9 (e.g: Section 5)
999 (e.g.: Section 103)
Compound section formats:
99-A (e.g.: Section 214-C)
99-A,9 (e.g.: Section 74-C, subsection 4)
So, a question to ask yourself is whether this is a good description of the variety of notation formats you will encounter. Perhaps, your notation might use capital and non-capital letters differently. Or maybe there could be Roman numerals, etc. Also, it might help to ask yourself what is the highest section (or subsection) number you might encounter: 99? 999? 9999? higher?
Once you know what you are dealing with, you can devise a system that suits you. If the notation is more complex than above, the system might need to be a bit more complex. If it is just as above, you could probably make do very nicely with a PAO.
How I might do it, is to say that for simple section formats, I would simply use either a person or an object:
So, section 34 might be Homer (as in Homer Simpson, my #34 in the Major system)
But for a compound section, I might use a Person-Action system. (This could just as easily be a Person Object system, according to your preference.)
Thus, Section 57-B might be Hulk Backflipping.
Finally, for a Section-Subsection format, I might use the Person-Object system for a simple section with a subsection, or a Person-Action-Object for a compound section with a subjection.
Thus, Section-Subsection 14-67 might be Troi (Deanna Troi) with a jug
And, Section-Subsection 18C-92 might be Daffy (Duck) catapulting a pen
Anyway, if you follow this system, you would probably need to build a new list of persons, actions and objects using the Major (or whatever) system…so not sure if that is what you would want.
I am sure other people have other ways. This is just a glimpse at how I might approach it.