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Offline Gridknightt

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Old Farts and Memory
« on: January 18, 2020, 12:46:43 am »
I'm in my 60's and been "playing" guitar for about 6 yrs... i can't play a whole song, either strumming or fingerstyle, without a tab sheet in front of me. sort of puts a downer on improve playing at a party.  it also hinders advancing my learning..  bad memory i guess...

anyone else experience this? 

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Re: Old Farts and Memory
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2020, 02:00:23 am »
No, not at all. Never. What was the question again? ;)

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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2020, 02:02:02 am »
Absolutely, but I’ve also got Fibromyalgia which doesn’t help matters. I wasn’t too bad until I got this way but as you get older it definitely gets harder. I think that the best way is to learn a song a few bars at a time and not just run through it all using the TAB, repetition = learning the sequence.
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Re: Old Farts and Memory
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2020, 09:56:09 am »
I take my song books with me to parties and the others look up the lyrics on their phones. We’re all happy! After a few beers who cares!
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Re: Old Farts and Memory
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2020, 01:50:46 pm »
I've seen a LOT younger players with music stand holding tablets. Who says it can't be used for more than just repertoire.

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Re: Old Farts and Memory
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2020, 03:59:05 pm »
I'm 62 so I qualify for the old farts club, but I've always had trouble playing songs from memory. It seems like I always have to review the chords before I start playing a song. One thing that has helped me as I get older and more experienced is that my ear and brain have started recognizing common intervals. So even if I don't remember the name of the chord I'm to play next, my brain can "hear" the interval jump that is coming and often my hand and fingers just go to where they need to be.
Another thing that helps is listening to the song over and over until all the parts are in my memory. And also playing along with the original recording helps. That way when I play the song solo I can hear the recording in my mind and try to follow along.

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Another thing that helps is listening to the song over and over until all the parts are in my memory. And also playing along with the original recording helps. That way when I play the song solo I can hear the recording in my mind and try to follow along.

This definitely helps and I do it all the time when trying to learn a new song. At 53 I suppose I now qualify for the OFC as well. I have been playing now for 3 and a bit years and have learnt about 50 songs (i used to play a bit years ago but never really learnt  much). My trouble is remembering how to play all the songs as I don't get much practise time so can't play all of the songs all of the time. Some songs i play more often so remember these better but others I have to go back to the tabs part way through. I managed to download some backing tracks which are good to play along too as it helps sort out timings etc. I find that I can keep it all correct when playing with the original recording  ut it can go out the window when there is no guitar rhythm to play to

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