Mike (Frank’s fiddle) asked: In reality, how much fiddling is done from music and how much simply by ear or just having fun? I like the idea of learning to read music and to just pick up some sheet music and play from it, but as a fairly mature (61) novice fiddler, am I going to just divert my time and enthusiasm into something that is just a nice to know? In reality, how much fiddling is done from music and how much simply by ear or just having fun?
- You don’t have to learn note-reading.
- In fact, I suggest that when beginners learn to play without reading.
- But it can help you learn tunes more quickly.
- Tabs don’t give you rhythmic information. Or bowings and expression.
- Also, you’ll find sheet music more often then tabs.
- You can mark up sheet music with a pencil. This can aid your learning.
- You can bracket difficult parts.
- You can add slurs and other expression markings.
- Further learning: Reading Sheet Music for Fiddle Tunes: Tips and Strategies