Many people quit music lessons because they’re frustrated with boring, reading-based methods. They’re searching for a way to relate to music intuitively. I hope to help students of modern music to avoid getting mired in traditional,classically-based methods which seem to never lead where they want to go. Where it comes to music education, you can’t pull a modern rabbit out of a classical hat. If you have tried and failed at music, then you should take another look, this time from a modern perspective.
There are a lot of wage-earning players out there who don’t read music.Modern music styles rely heavily on spontaneous interpretation, and sometimes on outright improvisation, by the individual musicians. It’s a completely different working style from playing in an orchestra.
The most basic choice you have when you're starting lessons is whether you want classical training, or training oriented to modern music. If you don't have a specific interest in classical music, then you are better off learning with a modern approach that emphasizes ear-training, musical concepts, and developing strong technique in the styles you want to play.
Most schools that teach modern music and most modern method books, still cater to classical biases which ignore how the working methods of professional musicians have changed, especially since the1960s. For students who want to learn to write or play in modern styles like rock and country, this is a huge problem. Students who want to learn modern styles get shoehorned into outmoded classical methods which frustrate every creative impulse. Many famous rock players, like Eric Clapton, don’t read music. The fact is many famous recording artists can’t read the sheet music to their own songs. It’s time for modern music teachers to redefine the concept of “musical literacy” in light of how modern musicians create and perform.
Learning to play along with prepared music tracks lets you focus completely on your hands, and on what you hear. Learning the concepts which allow you to meaningfully interact with live music is more efficient, and less psychologically stressful than traditional, classically-based methods.
It all centers around the ear.