'Lugging It' was Matt Seattle’s term for ‘learning by ear’
This article was provoked by a discussion on the Bob Dunsire forum regarding the delicate question of teaching tunes in workshops, and whether this should be done by ear or from ‘the dots’.
I am convinced of the value of being able to learn ‘by ear’, but for many this is a challenge. However, I feel that there are ways in which music can successfully be taught without ‘dots’; the following is a sample ‘lesson’ which explores one of these ways. It is not meant to be an actual lesson, but aproposal for the kind of lesson that might help. It is here for you to comment on.
There are sound files which attempt to substitute for a tutor’s playing, but since I had to record them myself, they are for guidance only [it may help to play them on a loop using windows media player settings].