The Magic of “Overlapping” – A Key Secret to Creative Musical Development
A most interesting observation when it comes to learning and growing is this:
When it comes to learning to express ourselves through the language of music, some of us want a “step-by-step” approach for everything. Of course, this pretty much comes from the “schooling” process we were brought up with and bought into.
Now, we’re not speaking against the value of that, just so you know where I’m NOT going with this… HOWEVER…
When we began learning our language from day #1, we were exposed to concepts by listening to other people in our lives, including family, friends, and others (often having no choice). We were also exposed to rudiments, including spelling and grammar “rules” and developing a certain amount of vocabulary via school training.
A most important point here is that, regardless of what “training” we had when it came to
expressing ourselves via our language, most of what we learned resulted from an “overlapping” of all of our experiences. After a certain point, we didn’t walk through life, whether at home or on the job, with the mind set, “wait, I heard those words from that store clerk. I’m not sure if I’m ready to use those phrases, as it doesn’t seem to be the perfect continuation from what I’ve heard so far”… the same applies to when you heard instructions from others, whether the boss, someone in the line at the supermarket,
someone you were talking to on the telephone, etc.
In short, we simply allowed our experiences to accumulate and, after continued exposure to many varied experiences, we used what we learned in ways of our own.
When it comes to learning to tap into our personal inner creative, musical potential, we want to be receptive to the same approach. I know, for me, this is how my playing style developed throughout the years.
I get lots of emails from people wanting to know “what the next perfect video session” is for that person to take advantage of. Though it’s true that certain lessons can be more in line with specific interests, the truth is that I’ve put this collection together – virtually everything you’ll find here at Piano Amore – with the mind set that your creativity will be realized more and more with exposure to these sessions… and the order in which you experience them is the least important overall.
The value that can be obtained by enjoying a particular video session a couple of times and implementing some of its concepts – and then exposing yourself to another, which can be conducive to a completely refreshed outlook, while illustrating some of the same concepts previously learned – and then reviewing those sessions again and again – is
so valuable that I cannot explain it in words.
I do receive a number of emails from people who have, in fact, confirmed this, and I appreciate the fact that you’ve really experienced these sessions (which I experience utmost joy in creating) in the manner they were intended.
Take on the mind set of a child and allow your creativity curiosity to be nurtured. Play with that curiosity. Keep having fun at the top of your priority list. And as my ProProach members hear time and time again, appreciate where you’re at, and build upon that!
As you adopt this approach, it’s almost uncanny how naturally those results (and personal confidence) actually manifest.
As you continue having fun exploring your inner creative, musical genius, remember…
PLAY WITH PASSION!