I’m not sure if it’s age or what but it seems when I learn a new tune, I forget an old one.
Last night I played with my band for the first time in over a year. It’s been too long since I sat down and played music with live people sitting right next to me. It felt good. It felt…normal. And though for the past 30 weeks I’ve been diligently learning and practicing new tunes, what I realized is that if I don’t keep practicing the old ones, I completely forget them. This rang true last night.
We practiced tunes I’ve literally been playing for 20 years and they were so covered in dust, one might think I just picked up the fiddle for the first time a week ago. Needless to say, we muddled through and after we got going we all quickly got back into our groove.
I guess my point here is that, just because you’re learning new tunes, doesn’t mean you should stop practicing the old ones. I for one and going to go back through the 30 tunes I just learned and play them again so I don’t forget them.
And in the spirit of learning new ones, here is this week’s tune called My Hometown.
My Hometown: Tune 30 of 52
Join me next week for tune #31 from A Tune A Week.
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2 thoughts on “Learning new tunes and forgetting the old”
Thanks for the tune a week! Now that VT is opening up I wanted to ask you when and where I can see your band play?
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You’re sweet. Our next gig is a wedding but we might have some other summer things in the works. I’ll definitely let you know when we do.