Tradewinds Ted Posted July 25, 2016 Share Posted July 25, 2016 Towards answering the original question, about learning from written notation, but then learning to play without it: Breaking the tune up into pieces, and learning to play each of them without the notation is really key. That method actually works whether learning from notation, or learning a tune by ear from a recording. But one very useful trick is to learn the end of the tune first, then gradually keep adding the section just before. That offers two benefits: 1) you practice picking up the tune mid-way, which is great for when you make a mistake and keep going, and 2) the increased practice of the latter sections means that the farther along you are in the tune the more familiar it will be, which is great for confidence! This is much easier to do when learning from notation than it is when learning by ear of course, since the recordings are generally made in the proper order! To follow up on the side discussion about thinking of chords before melody when learning a tune, that intrigues me too. I know that many traditional tunes have significant variations, yet keep manage to keep the same character and somehow remain the same tune. I and know enough of chord progressions and cadences, to understand it in theory. Yet I find that so many tunes have the same chord progressions, but somehow have completely different characters, and would never be mistaken one for another. I've seen a lot of sheets of lyrics & chords for various popular and folk songs. They work great for someone strumming a guitar and singing when they already know the tune, but I sure couldn't find the tune if I don't! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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