Memory training is drawing me towards music!!

(Simon Luisi) #1

Never in my life have I been particularly interested in music or drawn to that field. Now, having to find images that stick for my memory systems, I recently tried to dig out tunes long held in my mind ( for reasons I can’t explain) and use them to create an image with a handle. For instance, “No TiMe”, 213 gave me The Who, ( a Canadian music group).

Now I find that doing it this way works well and at the same time, it considerably increases my interest in music and musicians, to the point where I actually want to try and start memorizing some of the songs they play. I have not built my memory palaces for this purpose, but I found that they make it easy to memorize the songs. I have now memorized about three songs and this is the source of considerable satisfaction. So much so that I’m not sure at this point where this will lead.

If I can memorize 3 songs in three days without effort, I’m wondering where I’ll stop. I have never been interested much in memory technique for the purpose of memorizing anything in particular long term, but now this appears it will change.

I’m afraid that my dozen of journey of 52 stops or so will be soon filled with songs (one is already) and that I’ll be left with nothing to memorize the useless numbers and words and images that I train with occasionally. I’m obviously going to have to expend my memory castles. I guess that if I get tired of a song, I may be able to still keep the journey and recycle it for numbers? I don’t know.

Another thing I noticed is that the high I get from some songs can interfere or distract me to the point where I can’t do effective deck memorization and recall. Yet, I’m not sure that this is a bad thing; it still seems to stretch the brain in some other way.

Has anyone else ever been drawn to a new hobby from doing memory techniques? I also do cubes 3X 4X, 5X because I want to be able to demonstrate the benefits of memory techniques and that’s perhaps the only other hobby brought on by my practice of memory techniques that I can think of.

I wonder if I had been exposed to memory techniques to memorize songs as a young person if my interest in music would have been greater. When memorizing music seems so hard, you stay away. When you start thinking memorizing is easy and fun, then the door to music must certainly seem a lot more enticing.

(Josh Cohen) #2

That’s an interesting idea.

You might be interested in the “mental performance” discussion over here: Developing a Mnemonic System for Music

What kinds of songs are you memorizing?

If metacognition could be considered a hobby, I would list that.

(Simon Luisi) #3


I’m not sure there is a notable kind in the three songs I’ve memorized so far. For the first one, I woke up one morning with bits of a tune in my head. I kept working on re-hearing these bits until some words appeared with it. I then google the words and found: There’s a kind of rush by Herman’s Hermit. So I just started grouping the lyrics at each stop of one of my journey.
Next was No Time, because if it is already in my system, I figured I may as well know it well. The latest one is a French song by a great signer that I re-discovered earlier through my memory training of searching for bits of tunes that never leave my mind: Frida Boccara, Cent MiLLes Chansons, 035.

What kind of songs these are? I’m not sure. Soft rock, hard rock and classical?

Thanks for the link, but I’m not yet too interested in the music itself but more in the lyrics.

It is so true that memory training does make us more aware of our thought process. You need that to gain insights into why you remember the things you do remember.

(Josh Cohen) #4

That’s interesting. My natural tendency is to do things the other way – remembering music, but not the words. :slight_smile: