The most stressful part of college
by far was the moment that I realized that (compared to my classmates and teachers) I had "tin ears".
I don't know how I was exposed. Maybe the fact that I constantly bombed my music theory ear training tests.
Or the fact that, during my private lessons, Bob Levy would challenge me to listen to the intervals that he was playing and play them back, But I would screw it up every time! Which led to him accusing me of having a
tin ear which meant I had to fix the problem immediately or get kicked out of school.
What happened was this.
I started taking lessons with a sight-singing teacher, Jane Koopman. She passed away in 2009. She was the perfect teacher for me at the time.
For several months she would meet with me and we would pick a simple song that I knew. Songs like "Baa Baa Black Sheep", "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "Amazing Grace".
We took each song and learned the Solfege symbols for each song. I would play it on the piano and sing it using the
do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti, symbols that we had been taught.
Once I knew the Solfege it was easy to play each tune in all 12 keys. And that opened up a world for me, musically.
I made it possible to learn songs by ear.
It gave me the confidence I needed to move forward with jazz improv and any other form of self expression.
Since then I've been finding myself teaching that exact lesson over and over again.
It made a huge deal in my life and I want to help as many people as I can.
Which is one reason why I am interested in Ben Settle's programs, especially the Ten Minute Workday.
In this program he shows you how to take a half-baked idea (like showing people how to play music by ear) Ben Setlle's program , and turn it into a business that pulls in six-figures, at least.
If you have a program that is even remotely similar, i would encourage you to check this out.
I know that it's a bit of a stretch to ask trumpet players to invest in a "copywriting" program.
And I also know that there are a lot of trumpet players with a lot of experience who will literally do nothing with that.
If you are in that boat, take a look at the Ten Minute Workday program by Ben Settle. It's the main program that I would recommend for making a living off your ideas.
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