Opening music's door

Our first experiences with music count, they rouse our fire inside and motivate us to open music's door and joyfully walk inside.

I remember I was 12 years old when I decided I wanted to learn how to play the guitar. We were sitting around a campfire watching our student-teacher guide play songs to us on his 6-string. I knew then and there that I wanted to learn how to do that.

Bob Dylan was 19 when he heard his first Woody Guthrie record, he emulated Woody, played his songs obsessively, and became the Bob Dylan we idolise today. The Rolling Stones started out as a Chuck Berry/Blues cover band. They would sit around all day everyday for months learning his songs and finding their own take on them such was their passion for his unique style of rock 'n roll.

Jennifer Hamady, author of The Art of Singing: Discovering and Developing Your True Voice, writes: "In my experience, brilliant musicians today... singers and instrumentalists that 'speak' the musical language intuitively, effortlessly, and naturally... all had initial language-less, non-technical, and generally teacher-less experiences. In other words, they approached music's door, and- finding it open- walked in silently and usually alone, and made themselves comfortable.

In that space, immersed inside of music's house, they observed and played without inhibition, rules or criticism from self or others, and developed their ability as an extension of their soul's own language. Certainly, many of these musicians went on to study technique and to read music, but it wasn't generally part of their initial experience or engagement."

Have fun making your music.