I decided this year to finally make a concerted effort to learn a little music theory for guitar? Why, you ask? I've always been impressed (and amazed, frankly) when listening to discussions by trained musicians about modes, scales and the like. I also think knowing some theory enhances the opportunity for communication and sharing of ideas when working collaboratively with others. In any conversation - musical or otherwise - the greater the vocabulary on which we can draw the more clearly and succinctly we can get our views across.
So I'm trying to learn the musical lexicon.
And at the moment I am currently in Pre-K.
I resisted for the longest time this kind of knowledge. I feared that too much "technical" savvy would muck up the "creative" part of my songwriting process. And while I do feel that over-thinking can be a deterrent to creativity (and to an even greater degree spontaneity), I'm hoping - by knowing more about chords and their relationships to each other and to melody for example - to open myself up to more musical options.
It's all about doin' the work, as my friend Wes Lee says.
I'll let you know how it's going....
Here's Wes doin' the work: SIGHT FOR SORE EYES
Have a great week - we here at the House Of Strays are goin' to work now....
Here's a tune of mine for your free listening, downloading and sharing pleasure, so please do! Hard Fall