John Erdman wrote:
> I am in awe of your (and others) ability to quickly respond to random
> requests for "What is the name of this tune?" based on partial abc info.
> How do you do this? You obviously have vast knowledge of the repertoire but
> is it all in your head? or do you use some sort of algorhithm to match
> phrases in your database?
No, it's mostly in my head. Sometimes the answer comes straight away.
Sometimes I have an idea of where I've heard the tune, and go to that
CD or tape to check. Sometimes I know I've heard the tune, but I'm
clueless as to where I've heard it, like with Miss McDonald the other
People's minds just seem to work differently. I find it easy to
remember useless information such as tune names, telephone numbers,
50 decimals of pi, door codes etc, but I find it very hard to
remember names of people I've been introduced to. And I'm extremely
And one thing: I don't watch TV. I think it helps.
Henrik Norbeck, Stockholm, Sweden
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