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27 December 2008 @ 01:30 am

Some people, they are able to read music and learn a piece that way. Heck, some can even sight-read. Some people, they've learned to play music "by ear." Me? I've learned everything slowly and painfully over a lot of years by rote and repetition. And I'm not pleased that I haven't been keeping up—that it's been quite a few years since I put in the effort to learn something new.

Current Mood: lonelylonely
Mary Doffing7ivy7 on December 27th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
But I just love to hear your music. I was so disappointed that I missed the start of Kansas City because I was downstairs... the end was perfect. If you hadn't deferred on the next round of music circle, I might have stayed later.

Hey, I can not only read music but I can even read the four bar cuneiform looking Gregorian Chant. This has not helped a just plain not musically gifted me at all....and I know several people who can't read a note, who just have a natural gift, who feel they are somehow musically lost.

Sorry you're feeling lonely, but I quite understand. I send much appreciation and many hugs.

Fred A Levy Haskell: xclip- earthfredcritter on December 27th, 2008 08:41 am (UTC)
Re: Music
Thank you. And sorry about KC. I'll have to try to tuck in my brain your fondness for it so I can honor you with it on occasion.

I don't really feel musically lost, I just kinda wish I were able to play along with people. And, whether it's hard or easy, I do wish I could persuade myself to practice and learn some new stuff every now and then.

Thanks for the appreciation and hugs. You are a dear.
Chaschasophonic on December 27th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Playing along with other people
This one I know. Learning to do this takes doing it. Start by following and playing the chords. (I try to position myself in a circle so I can watch other players hands.) After some time, I start finding embellishments within that key.

Open jams are the best training ground for this. There are several I go to. Most regularly to one Tuesday nights at Merlin's Rest. Starts about 7:30. You would certainly be welcome.

It was really good to see you and play with you last night. Alas, no time for talking though.
Peter Hentges: hairy drummingjbru on December 27th, 2008 12:45 pm (UTC)
Would it help to have someone(s) to practice with? I'm on this 40-year journey to become an 80-year-old blues guitarist, see, and could use the occasional bit of practice.
the laughing leaping water: her2minnehaha on December 27th, 2008 02:45 pm (UTC)
I do not know anything at all about learning music, but I love to hear you play. I would have been upstairs last night but for holiday-induced burnout.

There's lots of songs on your list you hardly ever play any more, and getting to hear those would be just as wonderful for us, and less work that learning something entirely new for you (I imagine).


Annenetmouse on December 27th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
Well, pick something, and let me know, and I'll learn it too.