For the longest time, I mistakenly thought that if I learned music through notation and lessons instead of by ear, I would lose my grip on my ability to think differently.
I was wrong of course.
Learning the rules doesn’t hinder your unique creativity, it expands your vocabulary.
When you learn the fundamentals, you have a greater understanding of how the game is played. You can be just as unique and think out of the box as before, but now with more tools in your tool-belt, and the knowledge to know what each tool does well.
I think it’s good to start out learning something new through the medium of play. Forgot the rules, tinker around and have fun making things. Use play as a way to spark love and true interest in a craft. Then go back to the basics. All work and no fun makes a lot of people who have taken piano lessons but don’t know one thing about pianos.
And when you have that curiosity, that spark and desire to master a craft, focus on the fundamentals and learning the vocabulary to create anything you want, with the skill to back it up too.
Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh W.