check one song against another is
Now let’s review the typical
Pick one playlist and start
Make a new playlist
with 6 to 12 bird songs that have
some similar quality. Listen to each
song in the list, checking the name
of the song from the i Tunes track
name or by listening to the narrated
name. For each song, stop and try
to create a visual image that con-
nects the song to the name of the
bird. If nothing occurs to you, don’t
worry, just go on to the next song.
Sometimes it’s easier to listen to the
song without thinking of the bird’s
name and see what kind of image
the song suggests. Then try and link
that image to the bird’s name.
Take a break for a
minute or two and then go back
over the songs. Review your imag-
es and see if they still remind you
of the name/song connection.
Even if you
have only listened to the songs
twice now, wait a few minutes and
then test yourself. You’ll be sur-
prised by how many songs you will
already be able to recognize.
Be sure not to look at the
name of the bird or listen to the
announced name during the test.
This is essential to the process.
You will not be able to learn a lot
of songs quickly if you “cheat.”
After a break of an hour or two,
do the test again. Shuffle or ran-
domize your playlist so you hear
the songs in random order. This
ensures you are actually learning
the songs, not just memorizing the
order in which they play.
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