Music Theory CourseClick Image To Visit SiteDiscover all the workshops and courses here: Workshop Courses Playing piano, guitar, or any other instrument is two fold, one is a technique issue (actually playing) and the other one of understanding music (the theory).

Most courses try to teach you to play, but you become frustrated because they take to long to teach you the principles. Most don’t even do a good job of teaching technique, and I have to tell you that having mentor for technique is highly recommended.

There are several good reasons why music students don’t succeed. You already know about practice and finding good teachers.

A third reason may be the final piece of the puzzle that makes the difference in your success. Let me explain..

When I first attempted to learn piano I was shown a few notes at a time and never given the big picture of music theory.

I remember so well going over to Ms. Windburn’s house and learning some notes. Then trying to play a super simple song and then one by one discovering something new like a F sharp (F#) showing up and not having any clue what it was, how it related to any thing, or why we would even be playing it.

Even when I was trying to learn the guitar I was told to hold my fingers down on some strings call it some chord name and strum. Yahoo! I was playing music, NOT! This wasn’t learning to play, this was copy cat learning and didn’t lead to learning very much music.

I banged away at the piano for years after that. Yeah, even a few neighbors complained about the practice every so often. Loud, heavy handed, and disjointed was not very pleasant for anyone, including myself.

Years later I finally learned, in-depth, about music… Read more…

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