Learn Music as an Adventure of Discovery
Imagine you’re in this amazing laboratory for music.
There are all kinds of musical instruments set up around the lab, and you can pick up any of them and play the instrument, wherever your curiosity takes you.
And as you play any of those instruments, a screen shows you the musical notes you are playing, complete with flats, sharps, naturals, double-sharps, and double-flats.
And better yet, you don’t have to develop stamina in your lip muscles to play any of the instruments. Whatever you play, will have a good tone, and a good vibrato sound. There’s no “blatt blatt” or “squeek squeek” phase. And it never gets out-of-tune.
You don’t have to learn a complicated fingering on a complex system of keys – you’re using a computer keyboard, which you’re already used to using, to play the notes. And the note-keys already have labels on them.
You don’t have to do a lot of exercises to learn how to play in all the different key-signatures. With each instrument you play, you simply set the key-signature, so you can play your favorite pieces of music right away.
As you try playing different things, your guide briefly explains the underlying music theory. You learn musical concepts as you play music, a little at a time, with no need to read chapters on music theory.
There are drum-kits around the room, and you are welcome to pound on any of 47 different kinds of drums. Nobody will complain – if you like the sound you make, it’s good.
Just as people don’t teach language to a baby by first learning to read, you learn music by playing it. And making up your own music is surprisingly easy, because the chords you play guide you, and give structure to your melody notes. The first-choice chords you select, themselves are tailored to fitting the melody notes of the scale.
Only after you gain confidence in playing your own music, do you start to wander among the displays showing you how to read music. And you start out by matching the pitch of the notes in easy pieces you already know how they go (the rhythm).
Your guide shows you how to collect your own group of the instruments from those set up around the room, into a group where you can change from playing one of that group of instruments, to playing another instrument of the group in less than a second.
You are invited to make up your own music to go along with the music played by your guide. The music you play along with, is relaxed, and easy going, so you don’t get flustered trying to keep up.
Your guide shows you how to play all the complicated chords you will run into in popular music, and you don’t need to learn the notes of the chords. You just choose from the chords shown that fit the key-signature, selecting and sometimes modifying them, then playing them.
Toward the end of the room, you learn how the shape of a note (or rest) tells you how long the note (or rest) lasts, so you can figure out how to play a piece of music you aren’t familiar with.
At the end, you learn how to count-out rhythms in written music, with tricks to help you in doing that.
As you finally leave the room, at the end, you find that you get to keep the room – it’s yours! You can go there any time, though you now seldom need a guide, as you wander the paths of the wide world of music.
Welcome to the Music-Lab Discovery Lessons, that come with the KeyMusician Keyboard.
We created a series of video lessons for learning music as an adventure of discovery, and the configuration files that make them possible, come with every modern copy of the KeyMusician Keyboard application.
You don’t have to take our word for it – check out the first lesson of the series, without having to buy anything, by clicking the link below:
Music-Lab Discovery Lessons
Give it a try. You don’t have to be a kid to learn music, and you don’t have to do a bunch of school-work. It’s easy, and natural. Learn by doing!
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