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Time To Re-assess Your Lesson Strategy?
An “ideal musician” is well-rounded in all areas, just like a “fluent” English speaker has a complete vocabulary, ranging from sports to pop culture to astrophysics to medical procedures. After all, it’s all English. But that’s ridiculous! Most people would not improve their lives by adding parts of the language they don’t have opportunity to use or enjoy. This list is the same – no one is an expert at all of them, and plenty of musicians make good, enjoyable livings exploring even just one aspect of music. Do the most fun ones first and add the rest later. There’s time!
What can we add to the lessons now?
Practical Playing: Playing songs; experiencing music
Jazz Repertoire: Learning the most popular songs from the genre
Classical Repertoire: Learning the most popular songs from the genre
Composition/Song Writing: Rules and patterns of creating new songs
Technique: Exercises on skills like scales, chord patterns, arpeggios, etc.
Vocabulary: Learning and using proper terminology
Theory: Tonality: The use of different scales to communicate different moods
Theory: Time and Rhythm: The use of different patterns of emphasis to communicate different moods
Playing chords: How to combine multiple notes and name those combinations
Ear training: Chords: Re-creating accompaniments just by listening to them
Ear Training: Melodies/Intervals: Recognizing and re-creating songs just by listening to them
Jazz History: Identifying / describing the pivotal contributors of the genre
Classical History: Identifying / describing the pivotal contributors of the genre
Sight Reading: Immediately playing sheet music (and tabs on guitar) without having seen it before
Improvisation: Imagining and executing a new solo for the first time, on the fly
Jazz Soloing: Creating an authentic jazz solo on any song
Jazz Accompaniment: Voicing chords with the style and rhythm jazz pros would
*I would like to incorporate traditional “method books”
*I would like to use my free enrollment in Klopol Academy to track jazz & classical training
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