How to learn lines with LineLearner

Now you have downloaded LineLearner you will want to use it to learn your lines. Different people learn their lines in different ways, but here are the ways that I have found that it works best for me.

First record the script

First, you need to record the script, or at least the part of the script that you are in.  Start by recording the line before your (if not several lines before yours). This will give you an idea of when you are going to come in. Record all the lines until at least the line after you 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

The way that LineLearner helps you learn you lines is by hearing them repeatedly in the same way that a repeated 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 either into a scene, or smaller using the A-B functionality.

I recommend starting off with the Play option of “my lines” or “playback my lines” on Android. This will allow you to become familiar with the script as it plays your lines and their lines.

After a couple of times through you will become familiar with your lines, and may start saying them along with the recording. At this point I normally 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 space to repeat it.

When you start to feel that you are comfortable with your lines you can change the order to Gap-Line, this will allow you to say your line 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

I tend to start with a whole scene, for the first couple of runs through, and then I get a feel for the bits that stick in my mind well, and the bits that don’t.  I then use the A-B repeat to concentrate on the areas that I’m having trouble with, breaking it down to fewer and fewer lines to concentrate on just the ones that I have trouble with.

If you have a large monologue then I would 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 how I use LineLearner to learn my parts (currently learning Greville in Murder with Ghosts, a currently unpublished play by Simon Brett). I hope you find it useful.