About Sentinel Music Studios
My name is Dell Krauchi and I am instructor and owner of Sentinel Music Studios. The purpose of this introduction is to
you the particulars of the methodology - or approach that is used here at
Sentinel Music Studios in the development of the skills or techniques
necessary in playing an instrument such as the guitar.
"The Procedural/Linear Approach to Learning the Guitar" is based on what will be referred to, and as the title suggests, "a procedural/linear approach" to the learning of the guitar. This approach is unique, as well as being very foundational in design. To understand what this approach means, some definitions are in order:
• Procedure: a series of steps followed in a regular definite order
• Linear: relating to, consisting of, or resembling a line
By linear, I simply mean "in a line". Another way to look at this use of the term is that I approach the learning of the guitar in a "note-by-note" manner. This procedure also allows me to approach the guitar in a "hand-to-hand" manner as well. As a result of these two methodologies, my approach to guitar is indeed - a purely procedural one. This approach also allows me to gradually increase the complexity of both the instructional material and the exercises that accompany them - when the student is able proficiently to do so.
Granted, this approach may appear to be slower than other methods used - such as that compared to the very popular method of teaching songs and chords at the very beginning stages of a guitarists development. However, when the procedural-linear approach is properly understood from a technical, developmental and more specifically "a musical perspective" - this approach will be found to be the most practical, the most efficient and the safest method to use.
As was previously mentioned, this procedural-linear approach allows for the exercise material - or what is commonly referred to as the theoretical and practical aspects of study, to be gradually increased in complexity. The student is able to demonstrate their own progress by what is referred to as "recitation and example". By this it is meant that the student is able to explain verbally - that is, recite, and to demonstrate practically - that is, by example, what it is they have been taught.
One of main benefits of this approach is that it allows the student to work at their own pace knowing when they are able to progress to the next level in their exercises, studies, etc. From my own personal observations - no successful and no personal satisfactory progress can be truly accomplished without these two aspects of pedagogy in place.
Pedagogy is simply the art of teaching. This has resulted in the two principles - what I refer to as "My Personal Philosophy on Teaching":
• Principle #1: To instill in the student the ability for them to think for themselves.
• Principle #2: That the student comprehends what it is they are being asked to do and to demonstrate this through "recitation and example" - that they are able to explain verbally and by example - each and every thing they are doing and are about to do.
As an instructor I would hopefully expect that the perspective student understands that my primary function as an instructor is "to teach". Therefore, I would expect that the perspective student also understands that their primary function is to learn! Once these two points are understood, all that is required or necessary is to develop a healthy working relationship between the instructor and the student to meet these expectations. I, for my part, will make every effort to develop the necessary instruction and materials to teach and you, in turn, will invest in the necessary time and effort to learn what you are being taught.
Granted, this particular approach to learning the guitar may not be suited to each and every student. This is the reason for providing you with this brief introduction. This is also the reason behind the various methods available today - even though, if truly understood, there are really only two methodologies used.
In discussing this procedural-linear approach to the guitar, I sincerely believe that this approach is unique. All of the materials that are use have been written and developed by me personally and has been gleaned over the past 38+ years.
I sincerely hope that you appreciate the fact that, if you get nothing else from this introduction, that by knowing that there are various methodologies available to you - and that by knowing this point alone, you will be able to make the best, most educated and most cost effective decision with regards to your learning endeavors.
I would like to thank you for your time and interest in the above and I hope to be of further service to you.
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Updated: March 31st, 2018
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