I remember it well: walking up and down an empty choir room, whispering and mumbling the words to Hamlet’s famous soliloquy from Act II, Scene 2, for English class in High School: “O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!”
For a musician, memorization is a common every day thing. But it is one thing to memorize music, which relies on so many inputs, such as auditory, tactile, visual, and structural. Memorization of text is a completely different beast, at least for me. The process was arduous, painful and somehow I managed to do it in time to pass the class. But it did also manage to inoculate me from trying to memorize text ever since. Ever since, that is, until recently when it came to my attention that memorizing text does not have to be such an unsurmountable mountain. There is a way to do it that really works.
I have always admired anyone who can recite Bible texts from memory. In fact, I believe that Scripture is even more powerful when recited by memory. But I had never even attempted to memorize it, having passed through that Shakespearean nightmare many years ago. So it was with trepidation that I decided to put to the test what Oscar Sande, a Spanish born pastor, claimed was the best way to memorize Scripture.
Take a text, and below it write out the first letter of each word. The science is very interesting. But let the following article by Mark Shead explain how this works. And also make use of the tool it offers to create those initial letters for you. I can attest that it works, having now memorized the first four chapters of the Book of Hebrews in the past two months. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you!!!