When learning songs, do you actually memorize the number of bars in each part, or do you go by feel?
I just joined a cover band (my first band) so I'm trying to learn a bunch of new songs. So far, my strategy has just been to listen to the songs over and over again until I just know all the lengths of each part intuitively and can just feel when the next part is coming. But I wonder if when playing live and the nerves set in if it might be more advantageous to actually have the count of each part (how many bars per verse 1, chorus, bridge, etc) memorized.
How say you? What is your strategy? Does anyone here actually count out the number of bars as they're playing so they know when the next part is coming?