Thursday, June 17, 2010

Why Take Lessons?

Occasionally, at cocktail parties, I am asked this question:

"Why take lessons?"

My second best answer for this is: Music has been taught, one on one, for tens of thousands of years. That's how it is done.

There are exceptions, but most often, these exceptions are placed in bountiful musical surroundings. They may not take 'lessons' or have a 'teacher' per se, but they learn the musical language in the method about which every language teacher effuses: they learn by immersion. So, if you can afford to quit your job, run away, and start a band, go for it. That is, indeed, how it is done.

If you can't afford to do that, get yourself an instrument, find some guidance, and get going. It's always better late than never, but it's never too soon to start.

My best, simplest, most succinct answer for "Why take lessons?":

"I do."

Learning music is a practice, and there isn't an end to the road. I revel in continuing to learn music. Here is a list of my current teachers. Really, they should each get their own post. And perhaps they will. I have some other teachers I'd like to thank, too, so I'll be back with a post about my earlier teachers.


My Current Teachers:

W. A. Mathieu
http://coldmountainmusic.com/bio.html

Allaudin, as I call him, is a genius, who is famous in many circles. He was one of the founders of the legendary 'Second City' comedy group, as its musical director. John Coltrane called him 'one of the best minds in music theory' or something like that. His book Harmonic Experience has been hailed as 'The Rosetta Stone of music'.

I'm lucky to have found him, and even luckier still that he will entertain my music and musical questions twice a month via speakerphone. His tutelage is invaluable to me.

Mick Goodrick

Mick was my teacher at New England Conservatory, and the whole reason I went to N.E.C. I should give a quick shout out to Eric Byers, one of my informal teachers, for introducing me to Mick. Mick's book, The Advancing Guitarist, is considered a seminal work in Jazz Guitar education circles. I make a point to see Mick when I am in Boston, and he always has excellent suggestions for enhancing my creativity and my knowledge of the guitar.

Larry Snitzler
http://www.larrysnitzler.com/home.html

Larry is a fantastic teacher of music and classical guitar technique. If you want to learn classical technique and repertoire, look no further. Larry is your man. I don't see him as often as I wish I could. However, his mentoring on teaching and technique issues has been, and continues to be, very helpful. He is a wonderful human being, and a good friend.


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