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Re: Re: Re: To those who make a living off of music
These are all really super valuable approaches and I know a lot of
who followed that path. I really do respect you for it, and I agree, you
have a truly unique
style that I think is really magical so your approach is certainly
working and valid.
I followed a similar path for the first 15 years of my own life, too.
And then, in the 16th year, for some reason or other, I taught myself
how to read
Western rhythmic notation and just became a voracious student. I took
courses at UCSC and then, Cabrillo College (where I actually learned a
lot more) but it just didn't
do it for me.........too structured........too fixated on musical forms
that I just didn't love,
so I struck out on my own again, but this time with the aid of teachers
(and my own researching).
In my case, I'm just restless all the time and just had to know about
and bolts.......I suppose the way a magician wants to know how to create
as opposed to the audience who delights in experiencing it.
It could take away from the delight of experiencing the 'magic' trick if
it weren't for the fact
that there are layers upon layers of understandings about music and the
way it effects human beings.
Luckily, for me, learning about music seems never ending. There's
else to learn.........I find myself at the age of 56, finally starting
to understand some really deep
principles about how Western harmony works and how to manipulate it in
taking on instruments, as a beginner, that I never dreamed I would play
in my lifetime.
I'm a baby again........or rather a precocious baby and it's a turn on.
I'm really not saying it's the only way, but it's certainly a way.
with respect for everyone's musical diversity,
On 2/16/12 10:47 AM, Matt Davignon wrote:
I totally understand it. I was a music major for about a month in
college. While learning the theory was good, I also found it was
taking out the sense of wonder that's a major appeal of music to me. I
decided instead to be "self-taught".
--I never learned to read music, which is like being an American who
doesn't know English
--I never developed the muscle accuracy that many musicians have
--I don't know the chords or advanced theory
--I knew I was giving up on the idea of being a professional musician
...I felt that if I knew how it would all worked, it would cease to be
interesting to me. So instead, I took one piano class to teach me some
nuts and bolts, then went out on my own, so to speak.
I'm still glad I did, because:
--I still think music is interesting.
--I got to spend the same amount of time focusing on the elements of
music that fascinated me, like sound color, using different sound
generation techniques, saturation, etc.
--I don't feel like I'm competing with other musicians on a continuum
of best to worst. [Not saying that most people do, but it's something
I used to do, and I didn't measure up too well.] :)
--In many cases, the things I don't know in music are opportunities to
explore at my own pace, and only if I want to.
--I like the idea of musicians having different skill sets and areas
--15 or so years in, I can honestly say I have a unique sound
identity. Not good or bad, necessarily, but I definitely sound like
me. That's the kind of musician I hoped to be when I got started.
(Though younger me thought I'd be more technically proficient.)