In one week, I’ve learned more from you about how music works than from any other source over a lifetime.Cathy, after completing our Get Started Workshop Series
I spent endless hours in the past memorizing notation for picking songs. Within the first few days [of using the ToneWay Method], I can now pick some by ear. Thanks so much!Todd, Lima, OH
You learn more here than from whole books from other people. Totally awesome.John, after completing our Get Started Workshop Series
I tried your Method and it worked for me. After a couple of years of trying to play the fiddle this is what I’ve been looking for!Joseph, Louisville, KY
I have several times tried to pick up a guitar and learn but I have to say that I have never garnered more knowledge about it than from watching your lessons. Thank you.Daniel, after completing our Get Started Workshop Series
I started with the ToneWay Method yesterday and really enjoy it! It has filled in many holes and questions about how music works and how to find my way around a fretboard. Good job!Dave, Aspen, CO
Just got your book and CD, which I love. It has helped me more than anything I’ve done the last two years to get me up to speed playing with my little bluegrass group here in Colorado.Anni, Palmer Lake, CO
Singing makes music immediately accessible. The easiest way to feel music deeply is through your voice—your innate musical instrument. Think you can’t sing? We’ve identified a few simple issues that, once addressed, can enable anyone, of any ability, to sing just fine.
Instruments that foster singing and community: Stringed instruments offer a simple way for complete beginners to play rhythm and chords to back up their singing. Unlike the piano, little knowledge of music theory (e.g., sharps and flats) is needed to be able to play in multiple keys—crucial for singing. Also, playing the melody on a stringed instrument is very straightforward with the ToneWay Method. We focus on six main instruments which lend themselves well to ensemble music played in any key, although the ToneWay approach applies to all stringed instruments.
Which songs offer the best chance of musical success? We find that “folk” songs—songs which have passed through the aural tradition, sung by countless folks over the years—serve best. Many modern songs are much more difficult, written and performed by musicians of high talent. Such songs are best left until after one can confidently play the traditional ones.
Music is a language. How did you learn your native tongue? You didn’t study grammar or practice word lists, you spoke! Sure, it was just babbling at first, but through trial and error and plenty of interaction with other speakers, you became fluent. Music can be the same way. You can learn with others—the most natural and enjoyable way to learn—right from the start!
Just what you need to play music…and no more. Only some very simple instruction is necessary to start playing with others. That’s why we created the ToneWay Get Started Workshop Series and put it up for free on our website. It starts at square one and teaches you everything you need to begin playing with others. After that, time, community, and perhaps one of our ToneWay Method books will take care of the rest.