Tomas Embre/us wrote:
> Regarding these points of view I think that the one who prefers learn a new
> tune only/mainly by listening to it belongs to the abstract cathegory and
> the one who also wants to lean on sheet music prefers a more concret method.
I thought you were going to say it's the other way around: Those who
prefer to learn tunes mainly by listening belong to the concrete
category, and those who need sheet music belong to the abstract
> I think also that it is easier for the one who has been playing Irish music
> for many years to pick up a tune by listening to it than it is for the one
> who just have started playing this music (like me ;-)).
I agree. After a number of tunes you know what kind of fingering
patterns are likely to occur. Then there's always the odd tune which
has something new.
> This discussion on wich way is the best way to learn a new tune is, regards
> to my point of view, not any interesting really, - there is only different
> We should rather say that *the way you learn a tune is the best way for you*
I do not agree. I think that being forced to learn by ear gives a
different approach to the music. Learning by ear is such an
essential part of the tradition that you *cannot* replace it with
learning from written music.
> But If I will learn a tune from OŽNeills 1001 tunes or by all good tunes on
> all ABC-archives ;-) I think IŽll have to read music if I will have anything
> out of that ;-)
If you want to learn tunes from written music, I would say that you
first have to learn at least a hundred tunes by ear first, to be able
to apply playing style to the "bare bones" of the transcriptions.
> All agree?
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