The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

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Saturday, January 04, 2020


Even though I know and read music, as a wind player, my musical education has to this point been really in terms of learning single line progressions.

I have always known about chords, and know a little bit about several that I can pick out on the piano and on the guitar.  But, understanding the theory, the relationship and the versatility of chords in terms of composition and in terms of improvisation have always alluded me.

I am hoping to change my understanding and mindset with reading of two different texts on chord basics and theory and practice my very rusty techniques on the piano and guitar.   My major music goal is to be able to practice and learn so that I can create basic accompanying music to "fake books" which are basically the simplest version of sheet music available. It is a collection of songs written with only the melody, lyrics and chord changes over the appropriate beats.



Blogger Liz Hinds said...

Don't understand music at all! Complete mystery to me.

Saturday, 04 January, 2020  
Blogger PipeTobacco said...

I am “decent” at reading both treble clef and bass clef notation.... but the use of chords and chord progressions is something I am very novice at and want to better understand and utilize. My ultimate goal would be to create some simple compositions.

Saturday, 04 January, 2020  
Blogger Ol'Buzzard said...

Three years ago my wife gave me a guitar for a present. I have had it out of the case maybe ten times. It is something I still want to do, but....

the Ol'Buzzard

Saturday, 04 January, 2020  
Blogger Cynthia said...

I play piano both by reading music and playing by ear. (A dubious gift, as it stunts your desire to progress in reading music prematurely.) And now I need to return to my on-line pursuit of algebra. I let things slide in the last month or so--will explain when I get back to blogging, which I fully intend ot do in 2020. My husband, a mathematician, extols the "beauty" of math. To this, I can only say "Huh?"

Sunday, 05 January, 2020  

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