Theory : When a musician plays by ear without sheet music, a greater amount of attention can be focused on the interpretation of the music.
I believe that a greater amount of expression can be achieved when playing music by ear.
When a musician is playing from sheet music, attention is divided between
- reading the sheet music
However, when a musician is not reading from sheet music, there is the ability to focus a greater degree of attention on interpretation.
In some circumstances e.g. playing in an orchestra, this may not be an easy outcome to achieve.
So, how does a musician move away from sheet music to playing by ear ?
Here are some ways
- Repeatedly listen to the piece of music the musician wishes to learn
- Break down the piece of music into small sections and play the sections over and over again
- Try to play the piece of music without sheet music
Are there any other approaches to aid the transition from playing with music to playing without sheet music?