Blue Morris Blog - Music and Guitar
- Category: Music and Guitar
- Published on Friday, 03 August 2012 03:50
Learning to play an instrument like the guitar requires study and practice in three areas. Many students take on music while ignoring at least one of these three things, if not two!
- Physical -- One must practice enough to gain the physical dexterity and strength to play the instrument. This is espeically true of guitar which requires finger and hand strength.
- Intellectual -- Learning at least some of the theory behind music is necessary to play songs, even if it's just as basic as understanding that the shape of an A chord is different than the shape of an A minor chord. That's still theory. How much theory a student needs to learn is dependent on what style of music they want to play and at what level. If it's just for fun, there isn't a lot of brain work required for the guitar -- lucky us!
- Passionate -- Learn to play music from the heart. Knowing how to express emotion and passion in your playing, and knowing how to put your "self" into the music is essential. Are you just playing a bunch of notes in a pre-defined order? Or are you playing music? Is it art or math? And yes, this can be taught.
When I teach guitar I teach all three things. At different times we focus on one more than others, but all three are taught over time.
Funny how it's the passion that often gets left out, especially with guitar players. I think that's the element that makes music the most rewarding!