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Thank you for your comment. To answer your question in one word - yes. I'm a fairly good sight reader but first time through I may leave out a few notes for the sake of keeping the tempo going. I may also hit a few 'bum' notes in my haste. Each time through I'll add a few notes that I missed. If I get to a place that is particularly tricky then I will have to practise in order to get up to speed.
I've never been really happy playing octaves. Being a sight reader I look at the notes as I'm playing and very rarely look at the keyboard and playing octaves is a challenge because the whole hand jumps rather than having to 'feel' for the notes. I then have to work out the amount of jump in relation to my body rather than looking down at the keys. If I do look down from the keys I tend to lose my place.
Say hello to your dad for me. It would be interesting to know his way of playing. Does he always follow music, if so, does he have any problems fitting in all the notes, or is he able to work out the accompaniment by ear? I am in awe of anyone who can just 'play' without any music. I'm afraid I need the dots in front of me. OH has the music to start off with and then learns it off by heart through practice. When I attempted to play the banjo I was in a dilemma because I had to look in two places at once - the neck of the banjo and the music - this is not good for someone who gets travel sick!!!
I wonder if anyone else would care to share how they learn a piece - those who only play the banjo and those who play other instruments aswell. It's quite easy to see who has played the guitar before, (I used to - only at an easy level), because of the way they hold their hands. Does anyone else have problems reading the music and looking at the banjo neck at the same time?
Regards to your dad, Marc - I always look forward to seeing him on one of your videos.
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