I need the dots in front of me when I am playing a tune on the squeezebox. Knowing how it should sound also helps – it means I can more or less play it straight away, and it will sound all right.
Occasionally I have tinkered and tried to play a tune without the dots. I have more of an ability to play a tune by ear than I give myself credit for – but I simply cannot bring myself to do it. I haven’t the inclination to learn to leave the dots behind, and let that instinct grow.
It’s the same with touch typing. I’m pretty fast, because after many years my fingers know where the keys are – but I like to key my eye on them!
Mike Taylor plays without the dots, and he is able to render perfectly the music that the dots describe without reference to them. He is true to the tune more than I can ever be, with however many dots I might use.
In many areas of life we all learn to do without the dots. Learn to trust ourselves to be true to the melody and message we are given to share. One of those things for me is preaching – though I can always get distracted!
Ministry School starts tomorrow. Intercessory Prayer is the first one. You can still come if you haven’t signed up. 6.30-7.30.
It gives you a chance to try something with the dots. Feel the melody and the message coming through you. Try it on for size.
You can sign up for all the sessions. Someone has. That’s impressive.
Everyone, everyone, has parts to play. Discover yours.