Learning from others.
I’m not sure this is all that important but here goes anyway! As I sat here contemplating a modest Single Malt, a 15 year old Laphriogh, I started thinking about tune learning. I find that as flute player when I listen to other tooter’s I hear technique oriented things like tone, phrasing, breathing, ornaments, stuff like that. When I’m trying to learn a tune I listen to fiddle players first, then box and concertina players, even banjo players (pipers seem to confuse the hell out of me). I have no real idea why that is except for the notion that I’ll someday want to play the tune with others and want to make it fit. Or, maybe it cuts through the technique and let’s me hear the tune. It seems to work well for me. It also just occurred to me that the same thing happens when I learn a tune from a score (yeah, it happens, no big deal). Most scores are quite simply written and leave lot’s of room for applying the technique I hear in my head. Still I want to hear it on a fiddle first.
So in the spirit of friendly discussion, does anybody else have thoughts on this. Do you listen best to players of your own instrument or others? By the way it’s no dig at pipers here. My wife thinks that any way of driving the "hell" out of me is a good thing!