Friday, January 11, 2019

No book required to learn music

I HAD A fantastic first week back of guitar lessons. There are a bunch of new students, mostly non-traditional, or what I'll politely call "experienced" people who want to learn. The bulk of the regulars are back too and they are a joy to teach - I learn as much as they do most of the time.

We spend a lot of time working on ear training, why notes sound the way they do, and why certain chords and scale patterns work. We don't glue our noses in a book. I do use the Hal Leonard FastTrack Chords & Scales book because everything is in there.

Former student Kent Embree posted this video the other day and I wasn't sure I should laugh or cry. It's a lot like Spinal Tap - it's hilarious but it's all so true and to the point.

Can you imagine Lemmy reading notes from a book? I didn't think so ....

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