by George Lambert
Nine years ago I was involved in an accident that left me with neuropathy (daily I lose a little more of the nerve connections to legs and arms) and was told that I wouldn't be as good today as I was yesterday but I will be better than I will be tomorrow. Three years later and I am nearly 100% housebound.
After the initial 6 weeks bed rest (Great - for the first 24 hours) I came to the conclusion that I needed a hobby. That was when I made contact with my first music instructor and got started with Spanish classical music.
After about three years I thought that I pretty much had the bull by the tail until my current instructor introduced me to Music Theory... Now I wish I could take back some of the smart remarks I made about the music majors when I was in college! You don't need drugs to expand your mind - music theory will do it for you. We went through a semester and a half class in about 8 weeks - what a mind bender that turned out to be! It has been a great asset to me in seeing how chords are created, transposed, and moving up and down on the fretboard.
I would like to see a correspondence course on Music Theory (believe it or not, my favorite theory books are the Idiot and Dummies books) that you could plow through at home at your own speed.
I really look forward to having an hour out of the house one day a week and find that the more I learn the more I realize just how little I really knew in the first place.
Remember the age old question "How do you eat and elephant?" Well, the answer is the same for eating elephants and learning music: A bite at a time.