The Room

All music starts in a room somewhere. It could be a bedroom, basement room, garage, shed, even a recording studio is essentially a room. Why is this important? You need a safe zone where you can make all the mistakes, sing out of key, struggle with chords you haven't as yet mastered where nobody is watching you. It's called practice for a reason. You must go through this ritual to get to the point where you might be willing to let other people listen to what you have learned. That's when you are ready for the recital, presentation, or public performance. Practice is the hard work that the audience doesn't  see and has no clue of the effort you have made. There is a reason why that band sounds so tight and professional. It's practice! So, you're in your room and you try a few chords and enjoy the sounds you are making. Nothing like strumming and hearing the sound coming from the guitar which you, yes you, are making and it sounds good. I confess, I never took lessons or had any kind of formal music instruction. I can't read music notation. Anything I have learned was out of curiosity and watching other people who played better than I did who were willing to show me how to play. So, another kid watched me play and said," Why don't you use bar chords? It'd be easier." I replied," What's a bar chord?" I learned something. How do you play that rhythm like Chuck Berry? My brother Tom taught me that one and minor chords, major seventh chords, and that made me buy chord books to learn even more. Every musician I met was a teacher who knew something that I didn't know and I learned from all of them. And, it's the best kind of learning because it involves work on something you really want to learn how to do and its fun. It's fun when after struggling you can play a song just right or hit that lick just the way it should be done. You feel good. And, you want to do it again and again.

 

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