Is it normal to not be able to play a tune without stopping after 3+ years (tin whistle)?
I would say I can only play 1 or 2 tunes without tripping up and stopping after all that time and with those it is only having played for at least half an hour and only if I am lucky, more times than not I will still stumble and stop on those.
It isn’t the difficulty of the tunes, but I will get bored of tunes quickly and move to another batch then the one I could play almost without stopping, when I come back to them a few weeks later I can’t play them properly again.
I probably know about 20 jigs and 20 reels and could probably play one or two of each after the above criteria were met of long warming up and luck being on my side.
I am thinking I have to force myself to stick with one or two tunes at a time and play them much slower until I do them without and tune stopping mistakes and move on to a couple more etc.
I will note that if I were playing some of those tunes I had been working on for some weeks I would be able to play them through as I got to the end of the few weeks, but then when I am bored and move to others the fluency doesn’t stick, and/or I forget some of the notes when coming back to them.
I have no idea how people on here have thousands of tunes in their head ready to trot out perfectly at the drop of a hat.