Getting to know a note/phrase is akin to getting to know a person or a family.

The classical economist Adam Smith laid much store by the theory "wealth, more wealth, and still more wealth''. This modern day musician places much emphasis on ``practice, more practice, and still more practice''. Practice not just leads one to perfection. It also fetches one the right reward. Practice, in a way, makes one to get familiar with the job one is doing. Also, it facilitates one to overcome the fear.

A simple solution

In a note sent some months ago, Chitravina N. Ravikiran has put things in a simple way, and also in a matter-of-fact manner. He employs an obvious analogy to provide a solution to the problems of a music learner. ``Getting to know a note/phrase is akin to getting to know a person or a family,'' he rationalizes. ``There are many with whom our relationship is just a ‘Hi’ and a ‘Bye’. We will never know such people much. There are some with whom we spend hours, days, months and even years. And, we get to know them better and better,'' he points out. So, what about it? He wants the learner to adopt this simple `life learning technology' to overcome his/her music-related issues!

Just practise

If you don't spend sufficient time with notes and phrases, you will never get to know them! How can you then sing/play them well? His advice for learners is simple: Spend enough time on a note or phrase. A time well spent on a note will prove a noteworthy exercise in the end, it appears. Well, practice pays not just in the world of music but in every bit of our life.