Sometimes one of my draft songs is REALLY fast with half counts.
That means I have to get a LOT of syllables out of my mouth in moments.
We EACH have two choices when we keep stumbling over words during practice:
It's like learning to drive stick shift where you're watching the road and
3 mirrors and your speedometer until you've learned to "hear" when to change --
plus the gear shift you have to look down at when you start,
plus feeling between the clutch and brake to be sure you get the right one...
OOoopps -- I forgot: Please also watch the road and other drivers and
Bambi (and enjoy the blessing if you don't understand the Bambi joke).
In other words:
There's too many things to focus on
at once as you learn. So you stress.
Same with music.
So first learn your melody REALLY well.
Most people do the humming thing - like "La La",
and then start practicing words.
My hint of Experience is to throw in a middle step
so the learning step is not so steep:
Example: Say a different alphabet letter for each syllable in
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" --
A__B___C__D_E _ F _G_ H _
Your mind has to focus on BOTH the letter and the music note,
which is harder than "La".
But not as hard as focusing on the WORD and the music note.
It's really helped me. I hope you'll find joy in music and trying out hints like this:)
Much joy and laughter to you in feeling silly while the silliness helps your song be better!
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