Yaaay! Hitting the big 50
I’ve just achieved one of my first goals! I now "know" 50 tunes.
To be honest, maybe 40 of them are memorized, so I will feel more virtuous when the last 10 are in my head & fingers. Admittedly, not all of them are at session speed. More problematic is that I get so nervous trying to recall them at a session, that even the tunes I know pretty well at home just won’t come out.
My present goals are (1) to really KNOW these 50 tunes, (2) to actually bring them all up to Session speed, and (3) also to be able to recall and pull them out in a Session. I acknowledge that I can’t really claim to know 50 tunes until that point.
I’ve got another 30 tunes I really want to learn, but I’ve decided not to add new ones to my list in the interest of focussing my practice on getting good at just those 50. I figure at that point the next 50 will come much easier.
I really appreciate the practice machine at Alan Ng’s Irishtunes.info for keeping me honest, and helping to schedule my practice. My ideal would like to be getting a half hour of practice per day, but due to work and family I’m forced to get my weekly goal finalized on Saturday & Sunday.