Posted by AndyW on Friday, November 10, 2017
This morning has in a half hour session seen 'Year of Jubilo' being played at a tuneful speed only glancing at the tablature. I am now able to play through the tune properly, A part twice, B part twice with the correct changeovers(which are very simple for this tune) at the correct points.
I had a short go at the A part off tab and was able to do it slowly.
Next up will have to be a concentrated effort to ditch the tablature for this tune. There is definitely a psychological pull towards the tablature that needs to be broken. The brain says, tab is easy, stick with it. The brain says it's more tuneful playing at speed with the tab. The brain says you are having fun playing the tune using the tab, why bother with hard work when what you are doing is such fun.
Mind over matter is required. (I can see why some people prefer to learn by ear).
Edit. I took the banjo into another room away from the tab. I mustered my way through the A part. Couldn't quite figure out the start of tha B part(even after listening to the mp3) so popped out and had one single sneaky look at the tab. I then played (stutteringly) all the way through the whole tune A and B parts a few times. It's gonna take a while to get the tune smooth, but I think I'm probably (cross fingers) gonna be able to practice this tune from now on without any reference to the tab sheet. My first real tune!!
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