Jeet Kun Do is the philosophy of martial arts great, actor and philosopher Bruce Lee. It expounds the virtue of NOT following a system. Instead, it trumpets the idea of individuality in combat. This has been proven to be trendy and true in the martial arts world, as evidenced by the number of UFC events, and the concept of cross training in many different arts to compete.
As in combat, so it is in the world of the guitar!!! There are so many different styles and techniques to acquire or not acquire, that it’s nearly impossible to work them all out without a 36 hour day! So I’ve decided that the guitar lesson component of this website will be based on philosophy over simple technique. Yes, yes…there will be plenty of the; “step 1….step 2….and now practice!” stuff. How could there not? But all of it will come from a point of philosophical reference.
So here’s the poo:
“Music is learned in three stages. These stages do not need to be applied in a uniform way, but can be worked through at the student’s discretion.”
“The stages are as follows: 1. The Technical 2. The Musical and 3. The Emotional”
“Students will want to engage in reading, writing and improvising in all aspects of their learning so that they may fully engage resources that are available to them.”
Whenever we learn something new, www work on the technical side of the skill: which fingers to use, which strings to play on, whether to use a pick or a finger….this is all technical. While I will give some guidance here, I’m going to leave a lot up to your creativity. There is no “wrong way”, just your way…as long as the skill is acquired.
The next step is applying the technique in a musical setting….and not sounding like you’re just practicing a technique over music. It’s about the musical application of the technique in audible or written format…
The final phase is really, really subjective. You’ll know when you’re there, and your listeners will feel it. I goes beyond the thought of, “I’m using ___ arpeggio over a ____chord in a predominantly _____ movement.” It’s not a place where thought happens, it’s where the emotion takes over, and you’re just thinking, “sad”….”angry”…”lonely”….”happy”…..whatever.
These phases can be applied at any level: you can be a beginner level player, and still be awesome! You don’t have to study jazz for 10 years to be an amazing player over changes…you just have to have a technique or two that you can access emotionally to move your listeners.
So be on the lookout for the lessons. I hope you all listen to some great music today!