Addie, is this guy teaching with a classical background? Surely it has been shown by certain people on this forum that classical musicians aren't really musicians. And they certainly don't listen. Yale must be going down the drain, teaching drivel like this.
Thanks, Addie and Wooliver. I am bookmarking both of these. (As it happens, my other ax, or one of my other axes, is a piano.) One of my regrets is letting the formal study of music fall by the wayside in college, and I'm happy to see these resources to catch up a little.
I will add a link as well. I listen quite a lot to WFMT, Chicago's classical-music station (and WDCB for jazz). In particular, Bill McLaughlin's Exploring Music is practically a course of music education in itself.
It's inevitable at some point each of us peaks or plateaus. The better prepared for this, the better. If you start to stink, back up or slow down until you don't stink and enjoy yourself. There's a lot of good things that come from this point, where you can say to yourself, "I got this."
(that may not be the cliff notes, but what i came away with)
I don't think it's inevitable that we will peak or plateau. I DO think that usually our desire to be better than we currently are peaks. But truly, if we wanted to be better then more learning, more playing, more listening, more work etc will surely help make us better than we are--maybe not help us make big strides but we WILL get better. It's just that mostly we reach a point where we're "good enough for ourselves" and so the work and sacrifices required to get better than "good enough for ourselves" becomes too much effort. Rage against the ennui my friends, rage against the ennui. :-) Ellie
But truly, if we wanted to be better then more learning, more playing, more listening, more work etc will surely help make us better than we are--maybe not help us make big strides but we WILL get better.
You're thinking in terms of a student/learner. I'm thinking in terms of a lifetime. Yes, we're all dedicated lifetime learners, but, it's a scientific fact we all get old and die. It may be five minutes before you die, but everybody will reach peak performance individually. I'm talking about physical peak performance due to aging. Taking that one step more, and being able to enjoy one's musical efforts, past this apex point.