Following my miserable day in which I forgot how to play the low B note on my guitar, I seem to have leapt forward and found new challenges.
In the past, every once in a while, I’ll need to turn a page while I’m reading the music and I’ll know what the next note is and I’ll play it without having to read it or think about it. I think it’s the start of having an ear for music.
A few days ago I tried playing a song without reading the sheet music, just thinking what the next note should be, and if the notes were in two steps of each other I could do it, but if the jump was more than that I failed. I went back to reading the sheet music and found that after that little experiment I could clatter my way right through the piece almost without looking at the music, just thinking along with the tune and it came out through my fingers. It only works with songs I know, though.
So, looks like I’m taking another break to develop my musical ear. Maybe some music theory, too.