Don’t Be Hypnotized By All That Music Theory
What About You?
The process of learning music theory is interpreted by people at individual levels. Some are intimidated by it; others are fascinated by it (opt for the latter). It goes without saying that the mind set you choose to adopt concerning the topic of learning the unfamiliar (whether it be related to music or something else) will be the determining factor when it comes to what you experience.
Don’t Take It So Seriously
The learning of music theory does not, and should not, be a scary experience. As a matter of fact, if presented in a manner that is complimentary to the student’s experience rather than being overwhelming, you can naturally develop a love for it all. To you, music theory can represent your ticket to gaining more and more insight into music in many respects. Understand this: it’s not necessary to know everything about the rudiments of music before playing piano! Ideally, understanding more and more about music theory as you progress will be something you want to do, because the more your understanding grows, the greater your appreciation becomes for this wonderful world of music!
Don’t Underestimate Your Potential
This poses a question: is it possible to excel with learning piano if you know next to nothing about music theory? The answer: yes. We can equate the piano learning experience to a baby who first begins to try to talk. Do you remember when you were a baby? Probably not. But you tried to mimic what you heard with unfailing enthusiasm. You never judged yourself. After some time, your words and phrases started to make sense to the adults in your world. You talked, they smiled, and so did you. Prior to your ever getting close to your school years, you were already communicating with people in your world. You expressed yourself in a way that made sense long before you knew how to spell any of the words that came out of your mouth, let alone how to write phrases and sentences.
This is true for you, yes? You talked long before you could read or write, didn’t you? Absolutely! The average child doesn’t even begin to read or write until about five years old. But you certainly knew how to communicate before you were five, right? You bet you did!
Well, it’s like that with music, too. You can speak the language without actually knowing the name of even one note on the music staff (this is proven time and time again by many singers, especially). So, while you enjoy nurturing your ability to express yourself at that piano or keyboard of yours, you can slowly learn that “music theory stuff,” as doing so will open you up to deeper understanding of music and so much more possibility for you. It’s a continuous journey that, as it unfolds, leads to more and more appreciation for both yourself and your involvement with music.
Relax & Enjoy The Ride!
Enjoy your musical adventure each and every step of the way. Remember, the music and the analysis of it are two different things. Remain curious about the theory behind what you are listening to and your receptivity will lead to a natural enhancement of your understanding as you mature musically.