why i wrote this book

I've been a professional musician for more than 40 years and during that time I've met hundreds(maybe thousands)of people who tell me they "tried music but it was too hard".

I ask them if they were taught to read notation and invariably they say "yes". Then I ask if they sang as a child and again, invariably they say "yes". Learning to read notation is an important skill if a person wants to play music professionally or in an orchestra but it isn’t necessary for the person who just wants to jam with friends and play the songs they love. In fact, there are many millions of musicians in the world who play music masterfully and professionally but do not read music.

I felt there was a need for a way to teach music to those folks who have difficulty “reading notation”. I believe everyone should be able to participate in the joy of playing.