Is theory knowledge important as a musician?

October 16, 2012

How important is theory knowledge? Can you call yourself a professional musician without having some sort of theory knowledge? The more I work in the music industry, the more I...

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How important is theory knowledge?

Can you call yourself a professional musician without having some sort of theory knowledge?

The more I work in the music industry, the more I am sure that you have to theory knowledge

What does theory knowledge do?

Remember in grade school when you would try to write sentences? Remember how it was very difficult it was to put a basic sentence together? But slowly as your vocabulary and spelling grew – your sentences became paragraphs, and then essays.

Therefore, how can you communicate with your fellow musicians without that basic knowledge to write sentences? Without this basic knowledge in band situations, it is very frustrating for all parties because there is no means of communications and time is wasted explain basic things.

If you have theory knowledge you can communicate with ease. You can write out arrangements, compose, and verbally (and quickly) be able to communicate with your fellow musicians to create beautiful music.

Students: lol do your theory homework 😉

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