Lines2Memory how to guide

Lines 2 Memory

How to guide

Now you have Lines2Memory, it’s time to use it to learn your lines!

Different people learn their lines in different ways, but here are some ways we’ve found actors say it works best.

First record the script

First, you need to record the script, or at least the section of the script in which you feature.

Start by recording the line or several lines that precede yours. This will act as your cue.

Record all the lines until at least one line after your last line. You do this on the Recording screen by pressing the Record Me and Record Them buttons, or by using the Character buttons.

Playback

Lines2Memory helps you commit your lines to memory by hearing them repeatedly, much the same way that a frequently played song will soon get stuck in your head.

Depending on the size of your part you don’t want to do it all in one go, so break it up into scenes, or even smaller portions, using the A-B functionality.

We recommend you start with the Play option of “my lines” or “playback my lines”. This will allow you to become familiar with the script as it plays your lines and their lines.

After a couple of runs through, you will become familiar with your lines, and may start saying them along with the recording. At this point some people switch the play mode to ‘Both’, and have the order set to Line-Gap. This allows you to hear the line and then gives you time to repeat it.

Once you are comfortable with your lines you can change the order to Gap-Line, allowing you to say your line in response to the prompt, but then gives you the reassurance to check that you got it right.

Finally when you are feeling really comfortable turn the play mode to Gap. This is important, as while you are still hearing your lines read back to you the timing will be off, as there will be enough time for twice the number of your lines. If you are stuck there is always the prompt button!

 

Hints and tips

Feedback from actors is they like to start with a whole scene for the first couple of runs through. Once they have a feel for which bits have stuck and which bits haven’t, they use the A-B repeat to concentrate on troublesome areas, breaking it down to fewer and fewer lines, until they are all committed to memory.

If you have a large monologue then we recommend recording it as several smaller bits of your lines so that when you come to learn it you can do it in chunks if necessary.

That’s the feedback we have from actors. The Stage hopes you find it useful.