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Cheating????? No just using the advantages built into the instruments tuning
David Byrne from Talking Heads wrote a book called "How Music Works" In it he talks about how before music was recorded, it was not owned by anybody. The only way to listen to music was to make it yourself or pay travelling minstrel groups to play it for you. And songs often went for a lot longer until musicians were forced to cut them short to fit on an Edison cylinder.
People now expect music to come out of a machine, Which is pretty sad, it robs them of the chance to do something wonderfull and make it themselves. Whether you read sheet music, use tab, play by ear, or memorize your music you are doing something creative and artistic by putting a bit of your soul into your music. Something which I think is sadly missing in a lot of todays music.
What method do you use to memorize a new tune?
My tried and true method for learning tunes on the harmonica and the whistle is as follows
1 listen to the tune till it's firmly in my head (I have the memory of a goldfish)
2 Find the sheet music and slowly read it while playing along on the whistle.
3 Shake stir and repeat until I can play the first part of the tune and then go on to the second part and do the same.
It can take me weeks and weeks to memorize a tune which is very frustrating.
Is there a better way?
I don't get the brass smell on my fingers either.Doesn't matter how long I play for.
I've got a Jerry Freeman tweaked Generation in D and a Killarney whistle in D, both brass.
The Jerry Freeman is tarnished and I think it looks great,the Killarney is only a few days old and is starting to show some tarnish already which is fine by me.
I am learning the Mudgee Waltz in G. The key of G used to do my head in when I first started but I made friends with it by practicing scales.
Mudgee is pronounced kind of like in gee whiz. So if you just put mud as in mud and gee together you've got it.
I know the tune well as I used to play it on the harmonica.
I am currently working on The Foggy Dew, a fairly easy piece but I am slow to learn it as I have a terrible ear and learn from sheet music,which I can only read slowly.
The other tune I am learning is The Mudgee Waltz. It's an old Australian tune, I got the music for it from a book titled "Folk Songs of Australia and the Men and Women who Sung Them"
I got the book at a garage sale for $3 and it's a goldmine of old tunes,dances polkas all sorts of stuff.