The connection between tune, name, and playing
In the recent thread on remembering tunes, TheSilverSpear referred to what happens "when tunes get so closely associated with their name that you can’t play them until you have connected name and tune."
This sometimes happens to me, and I am curious about it. A tune will come up in a session and I will know it’s a tune I have played, and my fingers will search around for it. Then the name comes to my head, and then the fingers line it right up and I can play it. (assuming here that it’s one I have played before )
What is the nature of that connection between tune and name? I know names can have more than one tune and vice versa; but I’m wondering what it is in the nature of the mental/ear filing system that makes this connection helpful for me. will I someday get to a point where just hearing two bits worth of a tune will be enough and I won’t even care about the name part of my head’s filing system?
And is there any connection between this skill and being able to pick up tunes, if not on the fly, than at least more easily? With singing I am more able to do this, but I am eagerly awaiting the day when my fiddle joins in.
Insights? Advice? Thanks.