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ripov learning to play by ear? (274* d) RE: learning to play by ear? 18 Oct 12

Undecided -
exactly so. The notes need to be read and played as patterns and sequences, just as the words do. And playing each note separately, one at a time, produces nonsense in any tradition, as surely as saying one word at a time.

so -
Steve, maybe it's people who have problems reading you're on about?

Jack thanks for the Ian Hardie link, I've tried a couple (only in my classical accent though) - great tunes!

Michael, I don't think it's a matter of notes in the wrong order though. The order, or at least pattern, of notes, is generally fixed by the type of dance. if the player hasn't sussed that out well....(Slow airs may be a bit trickier). Thats why we all stop at the same time even if we're playing the wrong notes (and of course because everyone else has stopped!).
But it is hard to pick a tune up at a session, even without the obligatory football on the pub's tv. Several versions played at once, guitars with different ideas of the harmony; and when I join in the fingers don't always do as they're told! And there's another problem. Tunes are generally written by people who play, and the "finger patterns" are not always comfortable on every instrument.
So I find the dots very handy, if I can find the right ones, just as a guide to how the tune goes.

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