I was ‘stuck’ on a particular part of a reel and looked it up on here, I feel dirty and like I have sinned
I was quite stuck -well I wouldn’t say I tried that hard tbh; I just thought I would quickly look it up this morning- on just a certain bar of a tune I was listening to from a youtube recording where the notes were not adding up so I did the unthinkable and looked it up on the notes here and it cleared things up in a couple of seconds.
I feel bad now but the recording was just a mush at that point (it is a clear recording so I take responsibility for not figuring it out) as it turns out the issue with the original was in I think because there is a triplet on the last bar into the next and I wasn’t hearing the last couple of notes of previous bar so missing them out causing me to play not enough notes.
On the other hand, the other week I spent about 3+ hours on a similar case just on a couple of bars where the notes were not adding up and I figured it out eventually (only from the audio) by tapping the foot double time (1-3) rather than the usual (1-5).
So I don’t know which is ‘better’. I’m sure I would figure it out from the audio alone eventually with this one. I certainly would hate to be a slave to having to look things up -and never usually need to- but if it is there then should you jump to it or not? I suppose it is a question of time management but the more important concern maybe long term gain - in that the less you rely on notes to solve your problems the better even if it takes ages to figure out without them as you are building that muscle. So each time you do it by the notes you are robbing yourself of a learning opportunity.
I will note that I use the notes like in the case of O Neils’ when there is not audio available, but that is a different case because without the notes you wouldn’t learn the tune at all!
I do remember years ago a tutor (of irish specifically for the record) said ‘sometimes you just can’t get a couple of notes and have to look it up’ which I think she was referring to herself as well so at least it is not just the plebeians. She was young though (but well known on the trad scene as a rising star), so surely going to be more apt to use all modern means rather than a stalwart of the old ways.
I better have a shower to cleanse myself mentally.
What about y’all? Do you absolutely never refer to the notes or sometimes? Where is the line you draw when you will look it up?