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If im am learning a song and have a recording of it then I always play with ear buds piping in the tune to my ears. I find I am able to get up to speed, play smoother and more accurate, and able to memorize it quicker if I practice that way, its kinda a faux duet.
My instructor has pointed out a few times that I am a good copier, so only faux duets, real duets, and ensembles for now.
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Am I just late to the party?
Pardon me, what party?
with ear buds piping in the tune to my ears. I find I am able to get up to speed, play smoother and more accurate
Thank you both Diane and PG for sharing. I will have to try it at some point, but it sounds very interesting.
I feel a need for revising my method of learning so this is something that might be very helpful.
There's a certain logic to it, KindaScratchy. I'd say that what you are doing is practising the mechanics of the bowing separate from the fingering/intonation. Since the bowing movements are also a part of playing the song, it seems reasonable that can contribute to getting the piece down better.
I have never tried practising that way, but it sounds interesting. Maybe even fun.
@Ferret: Well, you have an electric, as I recall. The neighbors would have to have pretty sharp hearing to hear an unamplified electric.
Or fold a bit of tissue or take a slice of soft sponge and tuck it between the strings and the end of the fingerboard. Not too tight, just enough to damp the strings and stop the vibration. Too tight and you might actually get a note or harmonic. Even on an acoustic, I doubt you'd get much more sound than perhaps a soft squeak with that.
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