When is it ok to look at the notes if you’ve been learning by ear?
Is there ever any need at all?
I had been making a point to only learn Geraldine Cotter’s book by ear. I had been doing fine learning the tunes (I thought) however last night I was in the other room and couldnt be bothered to keep going back and forth to the computer to reply the bit I was learning so I took a look in the book.
I realised that I had made quit a few errors. Is that normal though? I read/heard that that is all part of the tradition. People remember incorrectly and/or make minor tweaks as they go.
So is it no problem that I was remembering the tune slightly differently or should I be aiming for perfect memory of the notes?
I ask cos I am wondering whether I would pick up the lost notes as I heard the tune more or if playing the ‘wrong’ notes is forming bad habit or is it like miles davis says that there are no wrong notes?