Doing Things My Own Way

There’s an interesting essay at the National Public Radio site, Doing Things My Own Way,”, by Bela Fleck. It’s part of their ongoing “This I Believe” series, and you can listen to the essay at the NPR site.

Fleck writes in part, “Sometimes I wonder if my banjo playing would pass codes. I didn’t learn to play bluegrass, classical music or jazz in school. I took banjo lessons from some of the best, but my breakthrough moments came when I left the lesson plans. I remember seeing jazz great Chick Corea when I was 17. There was a moment of revelation when I realized that all the notes he was playing had to exist on my banjo. I went home and stayed up most of the night, figuring out the scales, modes and arpeggios for myself, mapping out the banjo fingerboard in my own way.”

Something any unschooler can relate to.

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