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 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.
But you must also be willing to play beyond the garden walls’ of music rules.
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 make 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 learn the vocabulary to create anything you want, with the skill to back it up too.
Curiosity and imagination create the desire for mastery.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1721
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