In my post dated April 14, 2010, I started to chronicle my efforts to learn to play Laurence Juber’s “Love at First Sight”. This is the second installment:
Day 28 – May 11, 2010
Well, I’ve pretty much mastered and memorized the first eight bars that I was working on in my last post. And, since bars 9 to 12 are identical to bars 1 to 4, I’ve actually got the first twelve bars under my belt. I’ve now started working on the next twelve bars which will take me to the end of the first section of the song (0:35-1:27 in the video).
From a technical standpoint, this section is not terribly difficult to play, though it did take some extra time to work out the fingering, partly due to some transcription errors in the sheet music. In bar fourteen, the tablature called for an impossible stretch from the 5th to the 12th fret (Yikes!!!). Fortunately, the standard notation was correct and indicated a fingering that gave clues as to the proper (and much easier) way to play it. I also checked Laurence Juber’s version on YouTube (approx 1:04) to confirm my solution. In bar 16 there was also a minor error, which although playable, made it more difficult than it needed to be.
Rhythmically speaking, however, this section is a little bit counter-intuitive. Once again, I have been working regularly with my metronome at a lower speed as I work out the timing and at this point I am very close to being able to play the entire first section at tempo. Normally by the time I am able to play a section of reasonably challenging music, I have it memorized but this section contains a couple of slight variations of a repeating melody line and this has slowed down the memorization process.
Once I’ve mastered this first section, I will be well on my way to knowing the whole song. The first 24 bars repeat, and in the remaining 50-odd bars, there are several recurrences of chunks that I’ve already learned, so I’m hopeful that I’ll have this tune ready in time for campfire season.