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samantha-t
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Thanks all. Andee, did you learn to play by reading music, or through an oral/aural method? How do you learn new tunes – do you play them by ear and if so, how do you work out the fingerings?

Kathy, I’ve seen that book on the Sylvia Woods site. It looks useful but as it’s sheet music, it’s sort of geared to people who learn that way. I was wondering what kind of exercises people do who have learned by ear (a process which is alien to me).

I wonder how harpers like O’Carolan learned to play, for example – did they drill themselves with exercises like a modern pedal player would?