Learning tunes vs. noodling?
I’ve been attending an old time jam for years. I get glared at if I don’t play even if I don’t know the tunes, so I have learned how to learn on the spot. I start with a few notes, add some common little phrases that always seem to turn up in these tunes, fill in more notes until I’ve pretty much almost got it. If they play the tune enough times, I can usually get most of it and if lucky, I’ll at least have it playing in my head and can teach it to myself at home. Over the years, as I’ve sat next to different people at the jam, I’ve sometimes noticed they play it differently than how I thought it goes so I’ll relearn it. And there are some tunes that I’ve never gotten parts of until years later and finally I can "hear" it and do it. Usually this happens when I forget that I "know" it and think it’s new or when I forget that I can’t play it.
Is this way of learning a tune what you guys call "noodling?"