Ed, I think my background was both a help and a hindrance.. It allowed me a large degree of familiarity with the instrument that I found very valuable.. My fingers were already well callused and used to moving in sychronicity, but I also ingrained some inproper habits, which I have had to unlearn.. I haven't had problems reprogramming because I view classical as it's own thing. When I go to play a CG piece my technique switches over like flipping a switch.Ed Butler wrote: ↑Wed Aug 15, 2018 6:00 pmTom, Christopher - just curious, how big a learning help do you feel it is to have had a steel string background before taking up classical? I have always wondered this when I see the big gap in skillset with certain student's playing at the same Delcamp level.
Tom - I am working on the Visee Minuet and will post it later in the month. I liked your version
If I was going to do it again.. I would do it in the same order. I'm glad that I learned my notes all over my fretboard, cowboy chords, barre chords, how to do pretty much any cover song someone might request by playing along to a chord chart with lyrics.. Playing a 12 bar, a shuffle and a minor blues, playing some minor pentatonic lead and licks and getting comfortable enough with it that I can come up with my own stuff on the fly. some folk fingerstyle stuffs, learning to listen, learning to persevere, learning to be adaptive.
I'm sure all of this is going to make me a better musician for the rest of my life and.. most of it was probably easier to tackle than a lot of the stuff in d01 (maybe). I think I would recommend someone to pursue these things before pursuing classical. At least learn one pop song or 12 bar blues.. something real run of the mill. It's good to know how these things work because you will start to hear them ALL over in the popular music that is just impossible to avoid. It becomes a fun game, figuring out songs when you realize most the ones on the radio are following the same rules.
However, if a student was far and away truly interested in classical, no reason why they couldn't start with classical. But, they should probably also learn some popular music as well, in their free time. They should learn anything that catches their ears. Blues and the minor pent really helped me learn to improvise. I stopped going to blues jams.. but I imagine the minor pent is something I will use the rest of my life
Sorry if I rambled on. I can get type happy when I get into a rhythm, I think I like the way the keyboard sounds. That's like the forum equivalent of liking the sound of your own voice! haha