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Is 4 Months too Long? 8 years 11 months ago #6683

Been working on learning to play Rag Time Annie since Late Dec of this year. Got the tabs from a Trishka version. The song is in the key of D played in g-tuning and a good portion of the song consists of backard inside rolls. I can play about half the song but somewhere in the 3/4 mark I make a mistake and it falls apart.

Being generous on the definition of "being able to play a song" what's the longets time anyone has worked on a song before getting to a playable state?
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Re:Is 4 Months too Long? 8 years 11 months ago #6684

Hmmm...depending on your definition of a playable state, I'd have to say the longest for getting one where I can get through it (randomly adjusting the tempo in some parts:blush:) would be about 3 1/2 weeks to a month. I learned "Millionare's Hoedown", which is four pages long, for a Suzuki workshop down in Miami in October. It was only the most advanced kids (books 5-8) and I who played it. For an example of how fast they played it, take your metronome, and set it for about 208. Yeah; that whole thing about smiling when you make a mistake? Yeah. I grinned the whole song through. But, for the record?? I did memorize it, which took about a week.

Now, 'performable' you say? The "Bach Double Concerto" took me about 4 months to get memorized and performable. Listen to a recording of it, and you'll understand why.;)

To add onto it, what was your shortest time you've taken getting something playable??

P.S. Thank you for posting, martinezg!!:)
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