Want to learn a tune? Well, the first thing I’d like to point out is that I believe it to be a course of action-a process developed in layers, some of which seemingly happens on its own, evolving with time and by its sheer existence over time. In other words, the tunes can grow up on their own -even while you’re sleeping. Kind of creepy isn’t it!


I have often been asked how much I practice and the more I have thought about the question, the more impossible it is to answer. Thinking is more to the point. How much DO I think about IT? The music in particular, is what I am referring to here and it all counts. Just putting my mind on a tune or a fragment of a tune, deciding about applying a vibrato on a certain note, looking at a tempo adjustment…this building of layers all contributes in some fashion to the development and ultimate maturity of a tune.

However, these layers are the later stages. In the beginning, as I teach as part of a foundation I like to share in my GillaCamps, the mapping out of a tune, so to speak, is one of the first crucial steps in this process. By charting exactly which fingers on each hand are being used, the programming of both hands allows movement into the next level. This next step is applying and developing the sense of dynamics by acknowledging the phrasing so that the piece can be understood in segments, phrases, or puzzle pieces – allowing everything to fit together seamlessly. Go SLOWLY and be methodical as you study the routing of your tune.

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Originally posted 2009-11-12 21:15:13.