Score or memory?
The earliest written music score discovered dates back to 2000 BC. so scores have been around for a long time.
The question is whether they are beneficial in the long term, and especially for roots music.
Most roots music was passed on 'orally' ie. that one musician taught another by playing/singing and the pupil learnt from this, and also it's been documented that using your 'musical memory' is good for mental health.
There were many musicians who collected tunes into personal music books that have survived for hundreds of years, but the question still remains as to how they played. From their written score or was this simply an aide memoire?
Like many roots players, I commit tunes and songs to memory, and there are at least three big advantages for doing this.
1. Less to carry around including music stands, plus you can play outside on a windy day !
2. Commiting to memory allows for more time to 'express' the tune I believe.
3. If you play from score, you can only ever play as fast as you can site read
As a policy, Roots School promotes committing tunes and songs to memory, but we don't exclude music scores or stands.
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