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Thread #41608   Message #601702
Posted By: Rick Fielding
01-Dec-01 - 01:33 PM
Thread Name: Scared of Music theory? Faggggedaboudit!
Subject: RE: Scared of Music theory? Faggggedaboudit!

Well now I know WHY I (and probably lots more) was scared of music theory!

From my "primer style" of "learn 1-7 and put a note with each number" to pretty complex explanations of all sorts of things.

BUT....the thing is, we're all trying to make it more "alive" than the printed page usually conveys, and that's good. My problem when I was first being taught theory was that it wasn't nearly as interesting as baseball. Many of my friends were cajoled and disciplined into learning it (and you know how far I can be cajoled into ANYTHING!) but my guess is very few of them continued on with it simply because it was FUN. I find it easy to use my approach when it's 'one on one', and all my students (even the ones as distractable as I was) seem to catch on. But remember, every teacher pro or amateur has their OWN approach. Mine has a lot of jokes thrown in with the notes and numbers. I still figure that MOST (not all...I Know, I know!) may be able to get something out of each individual post here.

For any REAL theory neophytes....We'se TRYIN'! Ha Ha!