The Art of Learning

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The Art of Learning

The Art of LearningLearning music is a fickle beast, it seems.  It’s not like basic mathematics where there are generally right and wrong ways to do things, but more like philosophy where there are as many ways to look at and interpret things as there are people in the world, and very often the line between the two polar ends blurs.

Me, I think it’s important to get exposure on a wide scale.  Say you pick up a book on song writing.  What one person might see is a good guide, but I personally see it as someone telling me how they approach the song writing experience and unfortunately for me that results in boredom a bit sooner than I may prefer and thus I initiate dismissive mode.

And therein lies the art I’ve titled this article after.

There is certainly a vast plethora of books to choose from, DVDs to watch, and music to listen to, etc. etc.  It can be a bit confusing as to where to begin or who to listen to because who hasn’t been scared off by tales of the guy that thinks he can teach, but really can’t?  Despite how it sounds I’m not here to offer a one size fits all solution, but rather just tell you how I approach the concept of learning and… I dunno… see where it goes from there, I suppose.

The goal is not for you to replicate how I or anyone else approaches things, but rather to inform you and allow you to objectively compare and find an approach that works for you.

Yes, while we do offer educational articles and videos, I won’t tell you to view them as be all end all resources, but rather as things to compare to other videos and articles.  Youtube is littered with free educational videos and while there are some stinkers on there there are also a lot of reliable videos, so by default you’d be a fool to at least not give it a chance.  I mean, it’s free.  Why not?  Try an online teacher and try an in person teacher, for example.  They are quite different experiences and perhaps you might enjoy both or neither.  Again, you’re just consulting them for their perspective on concepts of music.

Me, personally I can’t stand anything that feels too mechanical, so naturally my recommendation is to find resources, be it teachers, books, videos, whatever, that presents music in a more philosophical, there are no wrong answers, type perspective, but what I’m really saying is take that and slap it next to someone else’s perspective and pick out the bits and pieces that make the most sense to you.

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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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