Musician/Composer writing about my experiences in the world of music.
This is a topic that A LOT of musicians talk about. I have been involved in both crowds: Academically trained musicians AND musicians who have just put the time in and do it themselves. Both have their ups and downs, and I am here to settle the score for you.
Music theory. Every self-taught musician's nightmare. If who I am describing sounds like who you are, then this article is exactly what you need.
The world is changing. The world has been changing for a while. We've been getting better. Slowly, and with time, we will get there.
Have you ever wondered this before...? What makes music beautiful? Is there any particular song, or melodic line that has been stuck in your head before? Was it beautiful? What made it beautiful?
We've covered where standard tuning comes from in my previous post (if you haven't had a chance to read it, here it is), and in all honesty, standard tuning is surprisingly important to being able to play the guitar. When you learn to play in standard, you're continuing the tradition of chordophone instruments, the tradition of Spanish musical history, and the history of the most popular instrument in the world. That's pretty wicked.
How long have you been playing guitar? Some people can't even remember that far back. But what if I asked you how long you've been playing in standard tuning?
Yes, we all know that if you aren't a true guitarist if you don't play one of the "Big Four" guitars (Strats, Teles, LPs and SGs). Well, I'm here to tell you that is 100 percent FALSE.
What does one consider old music? I suppose if we look at it from this exact moment, music from the 1980s is technically old music. But I want us to go back further than that. Further than the 1900s even. Let's go back to the 1600s. It is close to here where I want to take you first.