Music 101: Humor

Unlike the lessons up to this point – Gratitude, Grace, Humility, and Patience – today’s lesson is not essential to music. Whole genres of music, specifically classical and jazz, are considered “serious music.” A humorless approach to music can deliver something wonderful, even momentous. But… A little humor goes a long way. Even in aContinue reading “Music 101: Humor”

Music 101: Patience

One of the essential elements of music is timing. The space between the notes is as important as the notes themselves and most songs can benefit from a little silence here and there. There are thousands of great actors for every great playwright, or screenwriter. There are thousands of great guitarists for every great drummer.Continue reading “Music 101: Patience”

Music 101: Humility

There are four cardinal virtues, first recognized by Plato, and later by Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas (and probably by people further along in the alphabet): Prudence – the ability to let reason dictate action Justice – the ability to interact fairly with others Fortitude – the ability to persevere circumstance with dignity, and Temperance –Continue reading “Music 101: Humility”

Music 101: Gratitude

One of the most valuable lessons I learned as a musician came from Carlos Santana. He said that when you work on your instrument – learning scales and patterns, working repetitiously until your playing flows naturally – you should not think of it as ‘practice.’ Practice is a chore. Instead, you should think of it,Continue reading “Music 101: Gratitude”