Do You Wish to Be a Musician or Do You Simply Wish to Be taught to Play Songs?

Every time I meet a scholar for the primary time I ask them just a few questions:

  1. Why do you wish to be taught to play the guitar?
  2. What’s your favorite sort of music?
  3. Who’re your favorite artists/bands?
  4. Do you wish to be a musician or do you simply wish to be taught to play songs?

The final query at all times baffles them. The widespread response to that query is, “Is there a distinction?”

The reply is “Sure, there’s a big distinction… to me anyway.”

If a scholar simply needs to be taught to play songs then I discover the songs that they like, work it out in numerous keys after which train them the chords and anything that they should play the tune precisely the best way they hear it. This methodology may be very productive in them studying to play the songs they love and in constructing a repertoire very quick. In a yr a few of my college students have learnt between 30 and 50 songs.

I discover that the scholars who favour this methodology need fast outcomes and do not thoughts not figuring out any music principle. Their objective is to only play songs and have enjoyable. I, too, have loads of enjoyable instructing them. One of many causes I like this methodology is that I haven’t got to enter heavy music principle particulars.

For many who wish to be critical musicians my strategy is totally different. We construct up a repertoire of songs slowly, however they be taught each single element about music – studying, principle, scales, chords, arpeggios, improvisation and so forth.

This methodology is extremely concerned and teaches the coed tips on how to suppose like a musician, tips on how to hear like a musician and tips on how to execute like a musician. By the tip of those programs the coed can stroll into any examination and go with flying colors, they are going to be capable of decide up any piece of music, learn it and play it.

Changing into a musician is extra than simply the flexibility to choose up a guitar and strum chords. It is about figuring out how chords work along side scales, it is about figuring out tips on how to use scales, chords and arpeggios to improvise and create new melodies and harmonies; it is about figuring out what a chord is by simply listening to it.

I completely love this methodology. In as a lot as I train my college students I be taught a lot as nicely every time I’m going over the fabric.

So, in my view, there’s a big distinction between simply studying to play songs and turning into a musician. One isn’t higher than the opposite. The tip objective is simply totally different. Which one would you select?

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