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March 30, 2006 | Fingers Ears Brain

Fingers Ears Brain

It would be virtually impossible to offer a strategy of teaching music theory that would fit everyone's style of learning. Some want all the facts dumped on them at once, frolicking in the glow of cerebral, esoteric possibility, some prefer to be spoon-fed bite-sized nuggets of information with plenty of time to digest and process.

Our approach in every exercise is premeditatively multi-level. At minimum, we want you to develop facility, tone, and fretboard familiarity. Yet each drill is crafted to offer some kind of theory lesson, but only when you are ready for it! You want to work on the physical side of it first, meet the Maslows' lower level hierarchy of this need first. Your aural will develop; the more you play, you will condition your ear to somewhat unfamiliar sound combinations, developing a subconscious, intuitive sense along the way.

The last step is the theory, recognizing interval relationships, thinking sections of notes in combinations, as sentences are to words.

But don't get the cart ahead of the horse! Master the fingerings first, through repetition, you'll likely memorize without even knowing you are doing it. The theory will come later.

Read more about our thoughts on Finger Ears Brain.

Posted by Ted at March 30, 2006 12:19 PM

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