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Re: Learning in Music, etc

On Oct 21, 2004, at 16:10, Krispen Hartung wrote:

>  After a while we become cover musicians of our own clichés and
> performance styles.

That were the point where I stopped playing for one year, and started 
learning a different instrument. Highly recommended ;-)

> Sure, we learn new gimmicks, tricks, and clichés,
> but I find that actual significant leaps in personal musical growth are
> difficult after playing for 25 years.

I'm 48 and every day I'm learning more about music than I learned about 
playing instruments in the twenty-something years before yesterday ;-)  
   I think too much focus on "playing your instrument" can harm your 
natural ability to "make music".

> One of my guitar mentors once said in a video if you can just spend 10
> minutes a day learning something new on your instrument, whether it is 
> a
> new chord, scale, or improvisational technique, you can improve
> tremendously over time.

That's only true to 50 percent because when you have learned everything 
you also have to learn how to forget about it. And THEN you may 
experience that "significant leaps in personal musical growth". This 
has been said over and over by many top musicians - I think Miles Davis 
is still the most frequently quoted guru on the topic?

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen
http://www.looproom.com (international)
http://www.boysen.se (Swedish site)