|Since everyone else is doing it...
||[Aug. 24th, 2006|05:58 pm]
the Merchant of Venice Earthed Martha's Jumper. Saturday You're Next.|
What's wrong with Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune? ;-)
Ah, well that's the system that I normally use. Much easier than remembering some arbitrary sentence.
People seem to forget that the best mnemonics aren't arbitrary, they actually relate to the subject in hand. I've never forgotten Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain for the rainbow, because I saw a play about him once where he was presented as a Renaissance Man, and was described as a rainbow splashed against the monochrome of the England of his day. I talked to the group who'd written the play afterwards, and they genuinely hadn't heard of the mnemonic, and wondered why the audience kept making chuckling grunting noises at the line. So that has a resonance for me that brings it back. While all the crap from music lessons about fat cows and boys on gates has never stuck because it didn't mean anything.
There was an old one that went: My Very Easy Method: Just Set Up Nine Planets which was great because it was relevant and self explanatory. Buggered now, though ...
I'm told elsewhere that Steven Colbert ("The Colbert Report") came up with My Very Educated Mother Just Said "Uh-oh,
How I want a drink, alcoholic of course, after the heavy chapters involving quantum mechanics.
Once again, I find it easier just to remember the notes: to picture a note scored and mentally put my finger on the keyboard. The lines on the bass clef are A F D B G, reading downwards -- the spaces are G E C A.
Every Good Boy Deserves Football I was told. Though this was years after I'd already learnt the treble and bass clefs, so I always found it easier to just remember the notes. It's like being told a mnemonic of something like All Boys' Cute Dogs Eat Food, when it's so much easier to remember the first six letters of the alphabet because you already know those.
I first learnt to play the piano/read music (about when I'd just learnt to read at all, just before starting school) from an excellent (and still in print) book called Jibbedy F.