Hi Taryn , Great question, I used to work through one tune/lesson at a time getting more and more frustrated as I tried to perfect every note until eventually I would go crazy with making so many mistakes and I’d give up.
Over time I learned a different approach which seems to work well for me. I tend to work on several tunes at once this may seem a little unorthodox to most folks.
I seek out all the hard sections/licks & phrases of a tune and spend as much time as I feel I can cope with before moving on to a difficult section on another tune. Using Ben’s videos to check the fretting hand and picking patterns and reference this against the TAB Tef files. In the knowledge that these difficult sections. licks and phrases will most likely crop up again in another tune.
This may take me several weeks or even months. But all the time what I am mindful of is I am learning and memorizing a new set of skills not just another new tune.
When I am done and got things playing smoothly I start working on learning the tune. I listen to it over and over memorising each phrase, this is what is often referred to as playing by ear where your listening and trying to mimic the sounds you hear . At this point I am working mostly with the Tef files at a low speed.
I loop sections every now and then, moving forward as I build the break. Once I have the A Part down I start to build speed a little before moving on to the B part, I start off very slowly.
At this point I am beginning to wean myself off reading the TAB and focusing more on listening to the TAB as I play along.
For me speed is the last thing I work on, I build it gradually over several days sometimes weeks. We each have our own approach, some folks can play tunes up to speed whist reading the TAB without making a single mistake.
In short, I gave up trying to play tunes perfectly a long time ago. I no longer worry about making mistakes. It seems that we ourselves are more likely to spot our mistakes long before our audiences ever will.