Re: [Harp-L] Practice schedules

Something to keep in mind: there is no such thing as One Stop Shopping when it comes to finding the right method and material. It usually requires a combination of several methods and materials. Playing music is much like deciding on a computer/programs. You start with the end result. What do you want to achieve? In most cases you don't need to master all 12 keys -- just the ones you will need if you are playing with a band. Guitars, learn the sharp keys. With horns in the band, learn the flat keys. Plus variations of these two. 

If you're a hobby player, learn the keys that pop up the most frequently. I just tripped over a song I have been searching for a long time==presto, I'm into Eb. I don't play horns, piano, guitar, uke. So this is a bit of a stretch.

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Hale <robert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: harp-L list <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thu, Jan 23, 2014 12:41 pm
Subject: [Harp-L] Practice schedules

I dunno...

I enjoy reading about methods for practice, and I can adopt some elements.
But I think searching for the "right" practice technique can become like
searching for the "right gear."

It's the belief that once found, I will leap forward in my skills and
satisfaction. And until then, I'm stuck in a rut.

Too simple. And not true.
Correlation may not be Cause.

One degreed instrumentalist can describe her method with conviction. And
she will believe that her method Caused her success. Maybe so. Maybe not.
There may be other subtle factors she is not aware of, that contributed to
her excellence.

Beware of broad generalizations. (Including mine above!) <grin> Beware of
"science-sounding" evidence, especially if there's something for sale.

(But DO pick up your harp and play everyday!)

Robert Hale
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