Guitar Philosophy

“I can’t say enough about what a great musician, teacher and individual Chris Macor is.  I am very grateful that he is in our lives.” 

1.   PATTERNS – This refers to the fact that guitar is an instrument that can be played somewhat easily by memorizing left hand patterns. A guitarist can play alot of music this way and have only a very limited knowledge of notes and theory.

2.   NOTES – This refers to the fretboard and actually knowing the names of the notes on any fret. Having this knowledge links the pattern orientation of guitaring with theory and the objective perspective of music shared by all musicians. This level is essential for communicating musically with non – guitarist musicians.

3.   THEORY –  This refers to the perspective of music where you need no instrument to understand music. It`s about the relationship of notes to one another and how they comprise, scales, keys and entire systems of music.

AS A GUITARIST, WHEN YOU UNDERSTAND THEORY, KNOW THE NOTES OF THE FINGERBOARD AND RECOGNIZE THE INHERENT PATTERNS OF GUITARING, YOU BECOME A COMPLETE MUSICIAN, ABLE TO PLAY YOUR INSTRUMENT WELL BUT ALSO ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER MUSICIANS, REGARDLESS OF  THEIR INSTRUMENT.

IN ADDITION, YOU BECOME ABLE TO UNDERSTAND MUSIC SIMPLY BY HEARING IT, AND THEN PICK UP YOUR INSTRUMENT AND IMMEDIATELY PLAY OR ACCOMPANY WHAT YOU ARE HEARING.

“Chris does not teach guitar so that one can copy others’ music, but rather teaches you others’ music in the hope you will use it as inspiration for your own.”