Memorizing by Ear!
Full confession: I am classically trained. I still play classical. I can’t learn tunes by ear.
I can get the "gist" of them, but I have to see the dots before the tune is mine for keeps. For instance, my mom loves Amelia’s Waltz and I have probably heard it a conservative 250 times…but I can’t play it. I can hum it, but I can’t play it. I put my fingers on my fiddle and…gone.
Part of it is that I’m a visual learner, but I blame some of it on my classical background, too. My question is, can anyone give me some ideas for remembering the tunes I learn without seeing the printed sheet music before getting it perfect?
I feel I should also say that in a session I pick up tunes quickly and can play along after only a couple times through, but once we move on to the next song, it’s gone.