I haven't read a piece of sheet music of any kind now
since the '80's and then it was part of the process
of my wife and I copping something from library of
congress braille music collection to our own, which
mean a hand transcription. I usually got to do the
dictation, wife do the transcription part iirc.
For piano and organ folks one learns about intervals
and scales in the process of learning music
often all that's written is the chord notation and the
melody line along with words.
in my younger days often by the time I'd received my sheet
music transcriptions, unless I did it with somebody else
dictating I'd already memorized the part by just attending
rehearsals <grin>. My mother learned to read sheet music
enough to do the dictation while I transcribed to braille,
with resources she could call on the phone such as the band
director to decipher an unfamiliar symbol when needed.
If I'm expected to memorize or play by ear or copy what
somebody else has done, I feel like a fish out of water.
[The blind woman in our community band] probably did too.
INdeed, as do I often, can do it, but it isn't quite as
I guess that's why I'm a jazz person <g>.
Now you've got me wondering about that C/W gig in
WAs fun and interesting for a few days. I couldn't
quite get used to the fact that if I had a drink, even
nonalcoholic while on break and wished to take it to the
bandstand I couldn't do that, one of the wait staff had
to bring me my drink on the bandstand.
OTherwise, was just another 6 day stand in another
town basically <grin>.
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