Introduction

Before proceeding, please be sure you have watched and followed the instructions in the Introduction video in Getting Started.

Overview:

These 15 lessons were designed for the total beginner as well as for the more experienced student. The instruction is sequential and each lesson builds on the lesson before. So, it's important to take the lessons in order and to develop a basic mastery of the material in each lesson before moving on to the next one. Because everyone's musical background and schedule are different, you will determine a sensible pace and timeline for completion that is right for you. 

Music as language:

These 15 lessons will teach you to communicate, clearly and effectively, using music. Therefore, it's helpful for you to think of this process as learning a new language. In my mind, the music/language relationship is strong. So, in the videos, you will often hear me use the word 'language' when referring to these lessons.  

My original intent was to divide the lessons into two sections: 10 lessons in 'Language' and chord progressions in 'Art'. Over the years it took me to make these lessons, new ideas popped up which caused my original plans to evolve. 

The final product contains 15 lessons, all focusing on the language of music. Please be aware that although 'Art' as a section has been eliminated, all its material has been subsumed into the 15 lessons.

Remember:​

  • The lessons are sequential and were designed to be followed in order.  

  • Most lessons have two outlines - Learn & Understand and Do & Practice - which will support the instruction and guide your learning. To get the most from each lesson, be sure to read the outlines carefully, listen closely to the teaching and work on the material.

  • The only variable in this course is the time needed to understand and gain a basic mastery of the material - so, learn at your own pace and move on to the next lesson only when you're ready to!  

  • Practice 3 ways: with your fingers, with your mind and with your ear!

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