I'm stuck with Windows 10 for the life of my new computer and now that I have a decent broadband connection, it works well enough. I still feel sore about the fact that the people who sold me Windows 10 failed to point out the difference compared with previous versions of Windows and allowed me to proceed on the assumption that it is like previous versions of Windows with added bells and whistles. However the company that sold me my new computer with Windows 10 have given me good service in the past and did their best to help.I tried Windows 10, did not like it, went back to Windows 7. Much better for me.
I began playing by ear many years ago and knew I was missing out. Now, decades later and after a very lengthy absence I play from note and feel that I have joined the club. All these years later, when I am playing a piece by ear that I have known forever, just by myself, there is the chance that when I come to the bridge I may take off on an entirely different path. That's when I can go through my music and find out where I went astray. If playing with a backing-track I don't usually have the problem, as the other instruments lead me where I should go. Playing by ear is a great pleasure, but developing the ability to read from the sheet makes a boy feel rounded out. As in everything else, no knowledge is wasted; it will come in handy sometime.
It sounds how it sounds when you play it. If you want it to sound how it sounds when someone else plays it, then yeah to some extent you have to 'play by ear'. But there's no real reason for it to have to sound like when someone else plays it, or even how the composer thought it should sound like....I have to know how the tune sounds in order to play it...
I'd have done better to say "how the tune goes". But there are some tunes, particularly middle eights, that I can't remember and when I play those, they sound the way I play them.It sounds how it sounds when you play it. If you want it to sound how it sounds when someone else plays it, then yeah to some extent you have to 'play by ear'. But there's no real reason for it to have to sound like when someone else plays it, or even how the composer thought it should sound like.
I admit, most of the time when it sounds like I want it to sound like, it's not as good as when someone on YouTube plays it...but that's the deal
Enough with this fallacy! [BGCOLOR=transparent]I’ve been living in the hell of flat keys ever since I returned to the sax and joined a jazz workshop. Give me C# any day of the week over Ab![/BGCOLOR]Beware of guitarists. They like to play in keys such as convert A, D and E which are difficult on sax. …
It may smooth out - in time. Indeed it is smoothing-out for me: someone's posted a video of me jamming with guitarists on Thursday, a rock n' roll medley in concert E. At the time I thought what I did was dreadful (I wanted to walk off stage before they started) but what I hear on the video doesn't sound so bad. Smoothing it out is hard work.Enough with this fallacy! [BGCOLOR=transparent]I’ve been living in the hell of flat keys ever since I returned to the sax and joined a jazz workshop. Give me C# any day of the week over Ab![/BGCOLOR]
It’s just what you’re used to - I’m sure in time it will smooth out (when I pay the singers in the workshop to request a song in Eb be moved, say a semitone up, that’ll sort it ).
… but no more or less hard than your first C major scale, that’s my point.Smoothing it out is hard work.
I play this with the covers band I’m in. It’s a really great tune to get into with a bit of growl!I'm presently trying to play along to Sweet Child of Mine by ear and slowly getting somewhere... Maybe unlikely for this forum, but are there sax players out there who ALSO play guitar, live near Leicester AND like the tune enough to try it at a Leicester jam session sometime? (I'd play it on Alto and we'd get a pro rhythm section to back us on bass, keyboard and drums.)