Practice, Play and Rules (Theory) - The Three Words
A guest lesson/article by internationally renowned jazz guitarist and educator Chuck Anderson.
Published: Jun 26, 2014 Updated: Jun 6, 2019 • Visitors: 27 • Page Views: 1
Chuck Anderson wrote a great blog entry about the three words Play, Practice and Theory that send the wrong message to players and the general public.
With Chuck's permission I've reproduced it here.
The Three Words
by Chuck Anderson
There are three words commonly used in music that should be avoided – “ or at least redefined.
These words are Practice, Play and Rules.
- Practice - This implies boring repetition. It's uncreative and unproductive.
- Play - This connotes casual fun - a frivolous, optional activity.
- Rules - These are a rigid set of "law" which must be followed.
I would suggest that the word _Practice_ be replaced with the word Explore.
I would suggest that the word _Play_ be replaced with the word Work.
I would suggest that the word _Rules_ be replaced with the word Principles.
When you Explore music, it becomes fun and exciting. To explore is to discover!
Work in the music business is not like work in any other field. Most musicians feel blessed to make music their career. So work in this context is joyful not tedious.
The Principles of music hold the key to the development of your potential. Within these principles, there is unlimited opportunity to expand your creativity.
* For more of Chuck's great writing and playing visit: www.ChuckAndersonJazzGuitar.com
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