Orff Schulwerk

In December 2007 I performed at the Art Gallery of N.S.W. where I had a very stimulating conversation with an official of Orff N.S.W.

It was great to hear that Aussie schoolkids are getting involved in this approach to music education, with it's emphasis on movement, ensemble, and improvisation. The Aussies encourage the children to make their own instruments as well!

More info here : WHAT IS ORFF SCHULWERK?

How to use 'Guitar playing & how it Works'

The musical material in this book is organised in a logical fashion. However the material is not intended to be studied strictly in the strict sequence it is presented!

The sequence is important in that it evolves from first principles, but as any teacher will tell you, this is not how people actually learn! The sequence of topics is laid out clearly in the Table of Contents. Remember that when learning music, topics will need to be put into practice again and again until mastered, these are skill sets, not merely concepts.

Explanatory material and suggestions are presented in this style.

The idea of a technique can often be grasped in a moment, the physical mastery of a technique, and then the application of that idea to musical repertoire can take a lot of time.

Concepts presented like this are KEY concepts.
They will need to be considered again and again.
... and then applied to the instrument until mastered

Playing or working?

Notice that we talking about "playing music", and "playing the guitar", as opposed to "working on the guitar" or "labouring with music".

The word "play" has connotations of lightness, freedom, spontaneity and fun and it for these very good reasons that it has always been the standard term to describe how musicians interact with their instruments.