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Old 01-13-2021, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Fatfinger McGee View Post
Is there a way to learn guitar that's more like learning to speak, and less like learning to read? I have been watching my children learn to read, and contrasting it with how they learned to speak, and I can't help but wonder if there's a different way. I practice licks and scales and learn by rote; they learn to read by learning the alphabet, string letters into words, and words into sentences on the page. They learned to speak just by speaking - not just copying me, but pretty quickly learning and applying abstract concepts. I hear jazz musicians talk about musical conversation, and assumed that just comes when you hit a certain level of expertise, but does it have to? A toddler can string together a perfectly intelligible sentence knowing only 40-50 words. They don't need to know rules of grammar or diagram a sentence. How come I can't string together a decent improv after years of playing? How might I structure my practice to learn theory in an intuitive, organic way, to build a fretboard vocabulary and learn to combine notes in new and interesting ways? Maybe the answer is as simple as, hey dummy, you wouldn't learn anything just talking to yourself, go play with others.
Anyway, anyone else think about this too?
Yes absolutley , as I have described elsewhere , just use a phone app to isolate musical phrases from a piece. The phrases are like musical sentences, slow down put on repeat and play along till you think you have got it right then move onto the next phrase, big problem with learning from notation is I suspect that people learn to think that bars are units of music and learn from one bar to the next instead of focusing on the phrases ( sentences) which give music it's apparent meaning, thats why I think so much that's learned from tab or notation sounds stilted and doesn't quite flow.
Don't you ever just put on recording of a familiar song and just play along, listening to what works and what doesn't?
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