Re: minor pentatonic scale function
- From: ed s <eshamble@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 14:45:11 -0700 (PDT)
On Aug 25, 4:00 pm, "Tony Done" <tonyd...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"Lumpy" <lu...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
No need for instructors. <g>
IMO music instructors tend to serve one of two purposes.
1 - Students want to be "taught". They don't really want
to learn anything. They want the teacher to supply reasons for
the student's failure. "I didn't have time to practice" or
"Teach my child how to play the bagpipes" is an example of that.
2 - Teachers point out things that students do which makes
them "better musicians". "That chord progression you just
played is the same one in SHA" or "You're on the I chord.
It's a pretty good bet that the next chord would be the
IV or the V". Teachers can also point out alternatives
when a student seems "stuck". The most common scenario
I hear from adult guitar players is something like
"I feel like everything I play sounds the same".
Teachers might also show students shortcuts. It's
amazing how many players I meet that think they
know how to play a D chord but they don't think
they know how to play a D# chord. Or they think
"I can't sing this song because it's in the key
Teaching someone how to be a musician means teaching
them how to focus on listening instead of memorizing
Teaching someone how to be a biologist means teaching
them how to think like a biologist, not just memorize
a bunch of binomial nomenclature.
Nobody can learn but the learner.
Good argument, <g> which being a biologist I can relate to. You have to
learn the substance, the form is only a vehicle to get there.
However, I think it helps a lot to understand the underlying pattern, theory
or whatever if you are learning by ear.
Tony D- Hide quoted text -
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Learning by ear alone with zero theory will be a Long and Frustraiting
journey IMO, and you will not be able to communicate with other
musicians. . That's what books and charts are for - no need to totally
re-invent the wheel. - e
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