[Harp-L] All this Positions and Modes stuff

Joseph Leone 3N037@xxxxx
Wed Oct 31 15:00:23 EDT 2018

Oh, King Richard the ‘Lion Harp-ed’, I fully agree and always gravitate to your posts. Always good skinny..as well as your work.

> On Oct 31, 2018, at 11:34 AM, Richard Hunter <rhunter377 at xxxxx> wrote:
> Smo-joe wrote:
> "The only problem I have with this subject is that I know several people
> who can elucidate on and on about positions, modes, scales, structures.
> Mixolodian, Fridgedaireian,
> Acrophobian, etc., but they can?t play. I mean, ok, yeah, they can play but
> they don?t ?have it?. In an effort to not be too uncharitable I hesitate to
> use the word boring, so I will try bland. Sometimes I think players pay too
> much attention to the hole and not the donut. "
> In general, people who put time and effort into learning play better than
> people who don't.  "Learning" means challenging yourself to acquire
> knowledge and skills.  There are lots of ways to acquire both.  But some
> things require different approaches. If you want to know what Little Walter
> did, you have to listen often and carefully.  If you want to understand how
> Beethoven put a symphony together, you have to add theory into the mix.
> I don't reject one approach to learning just because it's not the one that
> a particular artist used.  Every artist--every person--has strengths and
> limitations.  If I admire the strengths, I don't worry about the
> limitations.  I just go elsewhere to pick up on a different set of
> strengths when I need to.
> I won't tell anybody else how to learn or what to learn, but I don't have a
> lot of respect for people who've decided they don't need to learn anything
> more than they already know.  They're not growing, and if you're not
> growing, you're fading.  So keep learning.
> Regards, Richard Hunter

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