Should I learn to read sheet music?
I’m looking for some input here..
I’ve been teaching myself music mostly by ear, that means I need to learn a piece inside out before I can properly play it. Now some months ago I went to the music school where and Irish music group was and all they used is sheet music, so that didn’t work for me. Couldn’t find the exact version they used online. In hindsight I probably shouldve brought a recorder so I can listen back later on. But everytime a new tune was introduced I couldn’t play along.
Fast forward to last weekend, I was at an Traditional Irish Music Workshop weekend and I even put in my form that I don’t read sheet music. When the workshop starts it quickly becomes apparent that we will be learning from sheet music, great. Now last weekend I managed, I simply went to listen to the tune many times transcribed it in a language I do understand and learned the tune without too much trouble (Tune for a found harmonium, it was a bit of a challenge actually). But then… I did have about 40 hours to get there and at a usual "lesson" you don’t have that time.
So, it feels like I’m limiting myself by not reading and perhaps learning from sheet music. I would’ve expected that not to be the case for Irish trad.. but it most teachers here just give out sheet music and expect their students to learn from that. So, any input there?
Note the problem isn’t so much that I can’t read the notes, I just can’t make music from sheet music as of now.