The Learning Process - The Mind, Hands and Ears

For music and learning an instrument like the ukulele or guitar, it’s all about the making the connection between the Mind, Hands and Ear.

When listening to music, we enjoy it at the tempo the composer or artist intended, in real time. Only the ear is involved in listening. This is passive listening and you’re simply enjoying the music. This is what we do everyday and it’s what draws us to want to learn a musical instrument.

When trying to reproduce music on a ukulele or any musical instrument, you’re now an active participant in reproducing music. The mind and ear are in control, telling the hands what to do. When performing, it’s mainly the ear that is driving the show and telling the hands what to do. This is in real time.

Learning an instrument is all about making and reinforcing the connection between the mind, hands and ears. This typically can’t be done in real time.

Of the three, the mind, hands and ear - the ear can grasp simple melodies, basic chords and simple songs without much effort. How easy is it to hear when aunt Martha sings Happy Birthday out of tune. We don’t even need to know what the right notes are or the key. We can just hear that it’s wrong or right.

 

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