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megatar

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I am often entertained by the simplest of patterns and harmonies on the Megatar and can imagine a series of simplified exercises that are not only about skill building, but would also be fun, gratifying and musical enough to share with friends and family boosting the confidence and enthusiasm of beginners.   

I can imagine there are enough touchstyle players out there with a trick up their sleeve who could share a simple idea without a lot of time invested resulting in a collectively produced series of beginners "songs" in the form of simple video lessons from a variety of individuals that highlight basic techniques.  

For example, simple blues patterns are really fun.  Simple arpeggiated harmonies are accessible and can be quite entertaining.  Simple two part melody and counterpoint.  Popular hits broken down to simple bass and melody parts that almost anyone could accomplish. Etc.

As this community evolves, perhaps a series of short videos of this nature can begin to manifest.

 



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...a series of simplified exercises that are not only about skill building, but would also be fun, gratifying and musical enough to share with friends

Since I first picked up a touchstyle instrument, I have been thinking in terms of how easy it is to learn to play if it is approached in the proper way. So, for the last 6 years, I have been compiling a large variety of methods of learning that emphasize skill development as well as enjoyable musical experience. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top said, "Only learn to play what you want to hear." I have taken this to heart and it has not failed me in my increasing passion for the touchstyle experience.
 
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...a collectively produced series of beginners "songs" in the form of simple video lessons from a variety of individuals that highlight basic techniques.  

This is an activity that is totally possible and it is probably incumbent on those of us who have actually done this to provide examples of what is meant.

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...For example, simple blues patterns are really fun.  Simple arpeggiated harmonies are accessible and can be quite entertaining. 

You've been peeking in my mind. My learning and growth have taken place by starting with the simplicity of the 12-bar blues and the 3 chords that are fundamental to it. This began with an arpeggiated version of the chord and later moved to an alternating bass version. Very simple and very logical in a highly enjoyable form of learning which involves not only set songs, but exploration in very simple ways using only one blues scale. I've developed a lot of learning resources on this method of learning and I would be happy to share them with the community. 

The thing that needs to accompany such a great educational effort on the part of this community, however, is the skill to make decent audio and video recordings of what we wish to share. This should also be part of our learning - not only to play and perform, but to be able to make quality recordings of our efforts. All this is simple to do and within the abilities of everybody, from beginner to professional.

Don

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