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GUEST,highlandman at work Playing by Ear? (56* d) RE: Playing by Ear? 09 Nov 11

BW, I agree. I prize the suite of skills that comprise "playing by ear." I've told the story before of a dear church pianist who could sight play, quite convincingly, anything you stuck under her specs -- yet she couldn't tack an "A---men" onto a hymn unless I pencilled it in for her. Amazing!
Somehow I don't think it's the reading that strait-jackets players, it must be something else. Because as you said, there are those who do both well. Must be something in the training process. It probably perpetuates itself by the you-teach-like-you-were-taught principle.

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