What do you respond if someone who is extemely condescending about learning from dots asks where you learned a tune?
I know someone in a session he would be a real nerd about wanting to know where you learned a tune. Nothing wrong with that but if you said you learned it from notes or even from o neills he would turn his face up and sneer and sometimes would say ‘I HATE that’ when other people said how they have used from notes.
He is very proud of the fact he can’t read music and thinks it makes him more authentic.
So how do you respond to such people who you already know would be very judgemental about you having learned from notes even though it was a great tune?
I do learn by ear when I can but often there aren’t videos for whistle in the key I want so in these cases I check out this site for tunes I had already heard and liked on youtube etc played on fiddle or such like to find out if there is a version written up in a key for D whistle.
I was thinking if they are going to be silly about it then might as well just make up some fable like a green giant bestowed it to me as I was walking through his lair in ireland once. Make it sound more ‘romantic’ like.