I’ve been thinking a lot about music this year.
Instruments have been a part of my life for a long time, but I’m no virtuoso. At some point, I hit a skill level that I just didn’t care enough to push through and moved on to other things.
But this year, I’ve rededicated myself to piano. In fact, I’ve probably improved more at both music theory and practice in the last three months than in the last five years.
So today, Thomas and I are sharing our experiences with musical instruments and how we’ve been learning to play them.
If you have an instrument you’ve always wanted to play, or perhaps one in a closet somewhere that you’d like to dust off, clear your schedules. This might just be the right time to rekindle your love for music.
Things mentioned in this episode:
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Other things we mentioned in this episode:
- Thomas on Instagram
- Thomas’ song on Spotify
- Gris OST – Karasu
- Music Theory 101, by Brian Boone and Marc Schonbrun
- Adam Neely on YouTube
- How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, by Robert Greenberg
- Atomic Habits, by James Clear
- Guitar Lesson’s CAGED System article
- Ken Tamplin Vocal Academy on YouTube
- The Axis of Awesome – 4 Chords
- Hack Music Theory – video about Run The Jewels’ “Let’s Go”
- Synthesia (iOS | Android)
- Yousician (iOS | Android)
- William Gillock – Phantom Rider
Want more cool stuff? You can find all sorts of great tools at my Resources page.
- 0:03:43 – Clip: Martin playing the piano and Thomas playing the guitar
- 0:07:27 – What instruments does Martin play
- 0:11:17 – How we practice and learn new pieces
- 0:17:44 – Why learn music theory
- 0:23:52 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
- 0:25:32 – Sponsor: Audible (Listening to audiobooks)
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- 0:30:03 – What piano should you buy, or where you can use one
- 0:35:01 – Taking lessons and how Thomas learns guitar
- 0:43:54 – Breaking down songs and listening to them more attentively
- 0:50:31 – Conclusion
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