[sdiy] LUMI keys
don at till.com
Wed Jun 19 19:53:04 CEST 2019
On Jun 19, 2019, at 8:10 AM, Phillip Gallo <philgallo at gmail.com> wrote:
> Don, i agree with the philosophy of your "rant" (also the bag pipes as a practical case).
> Isn't there a bit more, though ?
> The pedagogical tradition includes "play along" - student plays with the teacher.
> The illuminated key clavier idea would seem a close cousin to the "play along" with Mel Bay 45rpm record that came with my Kay flattop?
> I can play "Down in the Valley" to this day!
Every good teacher knows that, in the craft, you have a large number of approaches at your disposal; demonstrating for the student, critiquing their technique, explaining the theory, guiding the student to discover on their own, hitting them with a stick if they're doing it wrong, etc. And the best teachers know when to use each approach.
Sometimes a "brain dump", sometimes the Socratic Method.
Yes, playing along with the student is an excellent teaching technique. And play-along records are a great tool because playing with other musicians is a different set of issues than playing by yourself, especially with regards to timing. A metronome, also, great tool.
But if you're building a gizmo to help teach an instrument... well, there's an enormous tendency to do exactly the wrong thing. An engineer will often abstract the situation into "problem + technology => solution" and end up building a device that performs the very function that the student most needs to do on their own.
That is the case for light up note keyboards, either in 1969, or today.
Donald Tillman, Palo Alto, California
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