Re: When learning songs, do you actually memorize the number of bars in each part, or do you go by f
I think it also depends on the level of yourself and the musicians you're playing with and what you're going for: complete accurate covers 100% of the time?
I played in a classic rock cover band for a couple of years. We all took it pretty serious but it was meant as a fun hobby, so not always the same amount of time to put into it.
It could happen someone made a mistake and we all had to adjust to make it sound like it was intended that way to the audience. Just counting bars and playing our studied parts rigidly would have caused audible problems.
IMO, knowing the song structure - verses, choruses, etc - and feeling what has to come next is more important.
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