Music Learning Ideas for the Coming Year


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Happy New Year. I'm looking into 2010 and trying to decide where my energy should be focused.  I'm sure many of you may be doing the same thing.

I'm looking at a half dozen projects that all will need attention in the coming months. Many of these will take me away from my favorite subject of music.

As I look back on my efforts with this blog, I'm a little disappointed in that I have not received a great deal of feedback or commentary. It appears that there is really only a few that are interested in these subjects.  Although the ezine list is hovering around the 300 subscribers area only about 15 to 20% are taking time to click through and read or scan the posts.

I am very grateful for those that do. I had hoped to get more interaction in this group with comments on the blog. However, I understand being busy and having a crazy life and not taking time to engage, so I'm not blaming anyone, just feeling a little perplexed on where to go from here.

Give me some ideas

So far this new year I'm asking, what where would you like me to focus my attention for subjects on music learning?I'm Hoping that by getting your input I can create more interest.

Mostly I have concetrated on the fundimentals of music theory and in our last series I streached out into some advanced concepts, but tried to relate it to where you can go if you keep working with the principles.

How about some ideas on where and what you are working on.

Answer some of these questions and then through me an idea or question to consider for posting in the future. Think about each of these subjects ask the questions and then post a comment.

Subjects:  Notes, Rhythm, Key Signatures, Scales, Types of scales, chords, Expressions and phrases.

Now ask and fill in the blank:

I'm working on (blank), I'm having a tough time of (blank), it would help if someone explained (blank) to me.

I don't really get how to (blank), could you show me how to (blank).

How does (blank) relate to (blank)

Now post your comment and ideas:

Looking forward to some ideas.


Kyle January 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm

I think others need help with ways to memorize where to place their fingers on their instrument when reading music.
I’m making a program for this on the cello.

Brad_C January 3, 2010 at 6:31 am

I agree with the idea of figuring out where to place your fingers. Our scale fingering workbook shows that for the keyboard. For the keyboard it’s also an understanding of the fingering flow or setup to the next chord or phrase.

I think this is a great idea Kyle, I don’t have the depth to cover all the instruments. However, let us know when you get it put together. I’d be glad to give you a guest post on the blog for an article on your efforts and links to your project.

Agatha Campbell December 27, 2010 at 8:23 am

Sorry, I took so long to respond, I believe your program and a lot can be learnt from it, however, I’m trying to improve in the area of theory. I’m an Organist and would really like to get into the modulating from key to key.   But, you do cover a lot of areas, the hardest part is the discipline to do them.

Thanks alot

Brad_C January 2, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Thanks Agatha, I was just going through some of my collection the other day and ran across a book on modulation. I’ll try and put a review shortly and link you to it.

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