How do we learn to play music?
Anthropological studies have shown that children in tribes and communities traditionally learn how to play music by sitting and joining in with the adults.
They have heard music their whole lives, because they sit and listen to mother and father, aunties and uncles, sisters and brothers. Playing to the tribe. Being one part in the whole of a family.
We call this learning by immersion. But they call it living.
Children have an instrument and emulate the person next to them. Their irregularly thumping beat becomes a regular rhythm. They find their feet, and their hands. Their beat becomes the whole beat.
We call this study, practice, doing our scales. But in nature, it is living.
Left to naturally develop, in an environment that is rich with opportunity to develop, children in any society can do the same. They sit with an instrument, listen to the music that is made by others.
They play badly.
Because they don’t know how to play.
Then something changes
Their irregular thumping becomes a regular rhythm. They find their feet, and their hands. Their beat becomes like the whole beat.
And then they are playing music.