- Near Lutterworth, Leics.
I don't think I have much hope of doing it, so sheet music will stay. BUT... by nannying myself with sheet music am I holding myself back in the quest for "think it, play it" expertise?If you want to. But having both skills is surely beneficial? FWIW I think learning one song by ear has a positive effect on learning further songs by ear. For one, you've got the experience of learning one song by ear. You're telling yourself you're capable of doing it. I think there is a lot in that.
To play unknown pieces I'd still need to continue to read sheet music or be able to memorise new songs quickly.