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ripov learning to play by ear? (274* d) RE: learning to play by ear? 14 Oct 12

An inexperienced player won't sound like an experienced one, whichever way they learn the tune and however innately musical they are, and one who is not 'immersed in' or at least familiar with, a tradition or style will not give as authentic (however you define it) performance as one who is (is quality of performance a consideration in a "public" session?).
But I agree that someone learning by ear will probably make a better approximation initially; and playing from memory is better than needing the dots TO PLAY THE NOTES; which really means we haven't learnt it at all (possibly, and forgivably, because of a poor memory).
Although some of us, as we mature, like the dots just to remind us which is the right 'B' part.

But - Steve Shaw - "If someone turns up with a tune they've learned from dots, or from a single recorded source, it's bleedin' obvious."
Well maybe they've been playing it the same appropriate traditional way in the same session for the last 20 years.
Surely what's obvious is that either they're inexperienced (20 years inexperience maybe), and need encouragement and advice, or that they just don't listen to those round them.
Or that they just prefer a different version.

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