Garnet Walters

Pianist Educator Producer Composer Arranger

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Just Keeping It Simple

Well we are halfway through January and I've come upon some things. (By the way, I know it's been a long time since I put up a blog! Please forgive me! Lol!). In my musical journey, I've checked out many different theories and methods to improve musicianship. Most of them are great and they give great insight on different things from music theory to technique. One thing to keep in mind is that with all of this knowledge and insight, these things are a means to an end. The end is to make music. Music is art for the ears and a musician should never forget that. So what I am doing is that I am listening to more and more music for the experience. Music is a language so why not understand and improve musical vocabulary by listening to music. Since this switch, I have experienced exponential growth in creativity and the language. I didn't discount music theory in this. It has it's place. I use theory to identify what I am hearing and playing. The average listener won't understand theoretical aspect of music like (C# 7 flat 9), but they sure can relate to music sounding good and the confidence, conviction and emotion behind what is being played. This leads me to another thing. I used to be under this thing where I tried to listen to one artist that I like for a month. It was cool but I realized that this wasn't for me. I view music as food. Sometimes I will have the same food for days because that's what I want. Other times, I will have different foods each moment just because. My thing is as long as I am being musically and creatively fed, I'll be satisfied. In doing this, my practice sessions are more like creative experimentation sessions. I am more fulfilled doing this. I think it is important to experience music on different levels. Just like food, some foods I will love right away. Other foods I will have to develop an acquired taste for. Sometimes I'll be in the mood for a specific food just because. I believe that all of this fortifies one key thing in music: Listening. My ears are getting bigger and bigger just because I am actively listening with intention. This paradigm shift is also shoring up my learning methods in paying attention to detail and working on things until I can't get it wrong. This is actually an amazing breakthrough for me. Try it out if you want. Don't knock it until you have tried it. If it works for you, great! If it doesn't, no worries! It's not the end of the world. Customize it to your learning method. Everyone is different so as long as it brings the best result (also as long as it is healthy mentally, physically, emotionally etc) go for it!!