The purpose is you want to be able to sell books. How can you sell books if say your way of doing things may or may not be the 'norm' of it. By leaving out something as personal as that, you'll sell more copies, and to be honest, thats what its about, selling the book and making money. This allows ANY teacher to adapt a method and use it for their own. Also it appears that the concept of 'practicing' is passed down through teaching, not talking about it through a book. And I've very rarely seen teachers who actually express HOW to practice at this point in time, talking about setting goals, and how to obtain them.arby wrote:If an author leaves out his method of problem solving because it may differ from some teacher that may use his book, then what is the point of writing the book. It would just be another book of graded exercises and studies, already plenty of those.Guitarshreda wrote:.... BUT I think that perhaps the reason why this isn't done is because these ideas are a part of teacher's style rather then set in stone ways of doing things. My way of problem solving is probably different then other teachers, so its hard to have a section like that in a method and have it useful with another teacher and another style.arby wrote:Also, something most methods lack is any kind of a troubleshooting or problem solving section, such as common problems and how to avoid or solve them.
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At the same time, I don't agree with that, which is why I don't really enjoy most methods. There is NO beginner method that talks about practicing, and giving the student a way to practice from the very beginning. All it is, is a collection of exercises, and small pieces and getting students to learn how to read music nothing more. Shearer's method perhaps comes close, but I find that book (the 1st book which is a reference book to the 2nd volume) WAY to scientific, and explains TOO much. A self taught student is going to glaze over in just trying to read and full understanding it. Also instead of being in one method its split up into a reference and recourse book, thus having to turn back and forth for things, and isn't organized all that well. There are too many, "For further explanation see (insert book and page number here)" instead of being introduced and talked about at that point in time.