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Would learning a song far above your skill level until you can do it be a good way to learn to play

Author : Puggo

Submitted : 2018-02-23 00:05:27    Popularity:     

Tags: skill  level  learning  song  play  

I'm not a beginner to music in general (I played the cello for four years before quitting and now play the guitar and viola at a beginner level but I don't really care for it but I still get one or two hours of playing time a week, plus I don'

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Puggo, I know that your proposal *seems* logical, but you've heard some good arguments against it....from some experienced musicians. What it comes down to is this: you *may* succeed in learning to play that single advanced song. That's *not* the same as learning to play the instrument. Along the way, you may pick up all sorts of poor technique, and you certainly won't have gained a fundamental understanding of the instrument.

Your question is sort of like asking if you could learn to speak French by memorizing the words to a French song (or book).

A "good way" to learn to play a musical instrument is to gradually learn basic skills and techniques correctly and apply them by playing "real music". To give a simple example, a person might learn the chords C Am F and G and then apply those skills by accompanying songs that used those chords.

I don't see how a person can learn to play a piece of music that is beyond their ability. Trying would be silly!

Added, and, as TommyMc says, even if you managed to do as you suggest, all you would be able to do is play that one "song". You still wouldn't be able to play the instrument.

No, that s a good way to get injured and to ingrain bad habits.

If you don t have the technical skill to do some piece you need to build up your skill gradually by playing pieces that approach the necessary skills gradually. Trying to hack through something that you don t have the skills for is highly likely to result in bad technique, short cuts that prevent you from actually learning the necessary skills, and strain on the hand or arms that can cause actual injury. I ve seen it happen in students who thought they could make fast progress by. playing something way out of their reach.

No. If you play cello buy Dotzauer's studies for the cello. Learn everything your fingers need to do then learn how to play an orchestrated piece. The two things are separate. One is a technical skill the other is a musical skill.

If you attempt to learn a piece you don't understand and can't finger properly you risk losing the point of the piece's place in the totality of the orchestrated whole, what its musical function is is different from tackling its technical difficulty.



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