The Importance Of Music Theory

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Music has been a language used for many years since the beginning of time. From the first note, it has been destined for greatness, giving names to the nobodys, giving life change through emotion, and being the center of countless standing ovations. At a certain point people are curious as to what causes its great effect on the world and its theory was written. Those who appreciate music have learned it, taken it in, and used it to better themselves. Eventually however people began to argue against it until eventually it was deemed unnecessary by musicians worldwide. Many musicians argue that music theory is dead and hinders musical creativity and enjoyment; however many reliable sources prove that music theory not only does not hinder creativity…show more content…
It’s a valid point in most cases and while many musicians have never read a single piece of music and still been plenty successful, there are well known musicians who you may think otherwise but will come to know have used learning of music theory as a base to boost them to unimaginable success. This goes well beyond the obvious ideas of musicians such as Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, ect.. Well known modern musicians would be a better way of phrasing the argument. Guitarist Todd Pritchard learned music theory and used his gained knowledge to develop his own style of playing. In an interview with him on youtube he is speaking the language of music theory to describe his playing style.Jimmy page, a very famous jazz musician found his success through applying music theory. Michael Angelo Batio, arguably one of the best metal guitarist that has ever lived, and the first ever to play two guitars at one time more than effectively, attended Northeastern Illinois University, He majored in music theory and applied it to his own possibly uncopyable playing style. Eric Clapton, while a phenomenal musician was limited to his performances because in his own words “I could not read sheet music”. The success of many musicians has been based on using music theory to break the boundaries and learning both sides of the craft and combining…show more content…
You will hear many people argue many things to try to deem it unnecessary just to keep from having to deal with it. People use the excuses that it takes to long, or its useless. However judging by the provided evidence it’s ignorance. Why study music theory? David Werfelmann’s “10 Reasons to study music theory” answers this with a hard hitting comeback. Reason one “to write and perform music accurately. How can you be accurate in something you don’t even know? “It helps creativity based on understanding”. This speaks for itself. Dylan welsh in his own words says, “It educates, disciplines, and teaches patience.”. This is everything that all my arguments are trying to say all in one sentence. He also continues in saying that “true musicians are willing to educate themselves” If you are a true musician with a true passion for your musical gift then why would you not educate yourself in what means so much to you? If you think about it, to not be interested in everything about it would be ridiculous and be considered as such by any musician who truly cares about his craft. In his own words “musicians have a persistent attitude. He states that it’s important “to be able to to listen to music critically. Music theory is not just about your own style of playing. Music theory helps you really listen to others both more and less experience. This could give the potential to teach the less experienced and learn from the

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