Struggling to Learn Tunes by Ear, any suggestions?
So I’ve been trying to learn tunes by ear recently (on the fiddle). The biggest issue I’m having is not being able to catch any of the complicated fiddly bits (generally the end of the A or B part of a decently fast reel (think any of the reels from
Ego Trip by Macdara O Raghallaigh)) and trying to translate button box or concertina playing to my instrument (think In Knocknagree by Noel Hill / Tony MacMahon). I’m currently using Spotify and have not yet had success in finding a way to slow down the recordings.
Any advice? I’m trying to take it slow and repeating phrases over and over until I get them, but I will still get stuck frequently and get really frustrated when I can’t get the phrase just right. It’s pretty much just a crap shoot until I, if I am lucky, get the phrase right.
I’m also starting to record tunes at sessions (where the tunes are slower, easier to hear, or less showy) but that is a slow process, though I will definitely get it given enough time. My big problem spot is ‘professionally’ recorded tunes.