"Perhaps the distinction should be drawn between *learning* from
*playing* from notation. If you know the music, learning a new tune from
notation can't be too detrimental to your playing. I often use notation
remind me of a tune, although, if I were to describe what happens, I'd
that looking at the first few notes starts the tune in my head. "
I agree with Philippe. When I got my pipes I spent five or six years
to Irish music, especially solo piping records. I kept on with the
made noises on the pipes every month or so. I've been concentrating on
the pipes regularly these last four or five years and the years of
paid off. I get tunes both by ear and by notation, seldom use O'Neills
the Ceol Rince volumes. I use them to jog the memory and find
new tunes which I've never heard played. I find now I can learn
a new tune from notation and play it in an Irish way on the pipes
just because I've listened and continue to listen.
Philippe goes on:
"if only because part of what Irish musicians do with
tunes is improvise and change things around a little bit. I don't see
one could do that without knowing the tune inside and out, in which case
wouldn't need to rely on notation"
I agree with this too. Whever I get a tune by ear or notation, ones own
variations appear when the tune becomes really known and of course
sometimes even in the actual learning process.