How is this possible? Am I not seeing something? I'm watching a lot of old concert videos Of Umm Kolsoum and I don't see anyone with sheet music. Did everyone seriously memorize the entire concert or am I not seeing something?
In much the same way, you're not going to be able to find tarab in your dancing if you are still in the Learning stage of a choreography. Your mind is intent on remembering what comes next. Once your body knows what comes next without having to rely on your active brain, that's when you can relax into the mood and feel of the piece.In other words, you're not going to find tarab if you're relying on reading the sheet music to tell you what comes next.
I wonder how many people are put off learning musical instruments by that sort of attitude. It could be that you (generic of course! I actually mean me...) don't actually have zero talent/ aptitude, they are just teaching the the wrong way for your brain. I played violin as a child and pretty much hated it, and a lot of that was down to being terrible at sight reading and terrified of Doing It Wrong. A bit of folky style flinging myself into it would have made a world of difference.Yes, in my piano lessons I used to get into trouble for waiting to turn the page of my sheet music till, you know, a spot in the music when my left hand was free, because that was clear evidence that I was playing from memory OH NO.
Anybody who can memorise a piece of music can't be *completely* devoid of musical ability, surely.It could be that you (generic of course! I actually mean me...) don't actually have zero talent/ aptitude, they are just teaching the the wrong way for your brain.
as someone who is tone deaf, I have no idea of what sounding in tune is like. Imagine the pain I inflicted on my clarinet teacher(s).Anybody who can memorise a piece of music can't be *completely* devoid of musical ability, surely.
But I agree - I think a lot of musical things can be learned if you're just taught the right way FOR YOU. I am convinced everyone can sing in tune if they just learn how to do it (though apparently there really are people who are tone deaf - I have no concept of what this would be like). It doesn't help that these days, it's so common for people to believe they/others can't sing unless they sound like Christina Aguilera, and in a more secular world there tends to be a lot less regular singing.
No, you have it right, I can't play it back.But - how does a tone deaf person experience music then?
I am floored because I know how important music is in Kina's world!
ETA: I was thinking that tone deaf people could not distinguish between notes. Like, you play a note and they cannot sing it back, nor can they tell that they cannot sing it back. Am I wrong?