Philosophy

 

“No small thing to note, he is a great guy and makes learning more fun.”

 I help my students experience the joy of music, then together we continue to keep it fun and meaningful!  Why do you think they call it “playing” music”?

My philosophy is that learning music should be fun from the beginning and approached with a relaxed, free-flowing attitude.  The “flow” is most important!  Just as you can only steer or control a vehicle once it is in motion, we can only control and refine our tone and technique when things are in motion and flowing. Being overly-careful can actually hinder the “flow”… it’s OK to make mistakes!

The study of music is definitely about the “journey” and not the “destination”. Ultimately how accomplished we become is not nearly as important as the enjoyment and self-fulfillment experienced along the way.  I see beginners and experienced players all as equal.  We’ve all worked at music enough to learn some things, but none of us will ever know it all.  This fact certainly levels the “playing” field!

There’s lot’s to know, but the good news is that
you don’t need to actually now all that much to make some great music. Also, try to keep it fun and you will be fine.
We can’t expect to learn a new song each lesson, or even a new technique (or style). The absolute best way to learn is incrementally!  By slowly absorbing each technique, song, chord progression and lick, and learning how to use it everywhere. When we’re in a hurry to learn to play, we try to take on and try to incorporate two or three (or more) things at a time! This is difficult and much different than the organic, lengthy, time-consuming (and time-tested) method.
Don’t stress over progress, it comes and goes. The big part of a lesson is getting to experience and play music in a relaxed environment with someone who cares about your progress. Someone who knows just where you are and where you’re headed… and is always on the scout for the next thing you need to understand (or do) to reach your goals.
If music learning is fun for you, then you should do it. Getting “good” or constantly measuring your progress to ensure you’re getting “good” can take some of that fun out.
My duty is to ask a lot of questions and know where you are and where you’re headed…and be always on the scout for any holes in your knowledge and searching for next thing you need to understand or do to reach your goals.

My next musical challenge will be just as hard as yours will be for you.  Sometimes it’s frustrating then ultimately satisfying and fulfilling. We get used to this pattern as it continues every step along the way.  We are all on the same path … we just start our journey at different times.