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GUEST, Tom Bliss No such thing as a B-sharp (566* d) RE: No such thing as a B-sharp 29 Mar 11

"The myth I like to dispel is that Reading and improvisation are somehow mutually exclusive."

Yes. I would like to dispel that myth - if there is one - too. It is patently not the case.

Learning to play by ear before learning to read is benign. Leaning to read before learning to play by ear is not - and can be a major inhibitor of thinks like improv. It may only be a small minority who suffer (we don't have stats, I don't think), but the precautionary principle demands that we routinely teach beginners to listen and copy first, THEN show them the convenience of writing it down.

Big clue: You don't need a book to listen to music.


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