Giant Steps

About

The purpose of this blog is primarily as a means of organizing my thoughts, epiphanies, and ideas relating to music theory and secondarily as a way to share these thoughts and ideas to others. As a student of music and someone with a mathematical background, I often scribble down notes and thoughts as a means of finding patterns and connections between these thoughts and ideas. This blog just happens to be a very intuitive way to keep records of all these ideas and share them with others.

Music to me is intangible, elusive, universal, bonding, expression, soul uniting, creative, the ultimate language and so on.

I’ve been playing guitar for 12 years, the last 2 or 3 years I’ve become more serious. I’m currently taking instruction from an excellent teacher who has shown me the way to lay down a proper foundation to really learning music. Guitarists, myself included, more times than not are guilty of not learning music – just learning how to play chords and the proper fretboard patterns over given chords. The last 2 years I’ve been working on breaking out of that mold and to play real music.

To me it’s all about seeing things from different angles and perspectives – from microscopic and telescopic vantage points; connecting harmony to melody, melody to harmony; chords to modes to scales, scales to modes to chords; connecting shared notes or connecting what is seemingly unconnected. Once I began seeing things from various angles, there were more ways to connect notes to form melodies and to connect them with underlying harmonies.

I’ve also taken interest in mandolin, lap steel guitar, and have been considering buying a keyboard. I play slide guitar and have been told by a very well traveled and accomplished player that he thinks I’ll become “The slide guitarist” from my area – so it’s something I work on. I try to keep an open mind about music and learn from as many avenues and people I can.

“There is an art of listening. To be able really to listen, one should abandon or put aside all prejudices, preformulations and daily activities… But unfortunately most of us listen through a screen of resistance. We are screened with prejudices, whether religious or spiritual, psychological or scientific; or with our daily worries, desires and fears. And with these for a screen, we listen. Therefore, we listen really to our own noise, to our own sound, not to what is being said. It is extremely difficult to put aside our training, our prejudices, our inclination, our resistance, and, reaching beyond the verbal expression, to listen so that we understand instantaneously.” J. Krishnamurti, The First and Last Freedom.

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