Learning New Music

Like pushing a car up a hill with a rope, that’s what it’s like for me to learn a new piece of music. I need to listen to the piece a zillion times. Until I wake up in the morning and it plays in my mind. Then I need to figure out what the pedal steel player who did the original actually did for each measure of that song. Then I need to memorize all that so I can again, play it in my sleep. Well, that is just what I’m doing now!

A new band is coming out and I am the utility man for it, playing pedal steel and doubling on violin. This band will do triple covers from three of the best country stars in modern times. And even though it might seem as I am complaining about all the work, the opposite is the real truth. I am so like a kid in a candy shop! I will try to keep much posted on this website.

If you’re a musician who is in the process of learning a bunch of new material, why not drop me a line and tell me your experience and secrets for success? Later.

-TM