Desirable qualities and Undesirable flaws and why does that matter when studying music?

Scales Aren’t Just a Fish Thing™


The Good, Better, and Best of our Character

Undesirable flaws


Desirable qualities


We were pulling into our quiet, quaint little lane on our way home when two girls, just out of single digits, were selling lemonade on the sidewalk.  As we turned and continued down our lane, I could hear one of the girls loudly berating us for not stopping.  We parked at our house and got out of the car.   I could still hear her going on about us not stopping.

I grabbed a hand-full of quarters and walked down the lane back to their stand.  One girl saw me and warned the other who was still going on and didn’t appear to have any intention of stopping.

We talked about the purpose for their sale.  I told them I didn’t want any lemonade but wanted to contribute to their cause.

I don’t think I got back to the house before the ‘mouthy’ girl started on another neighbor.  I was shocked that she wouldn’t stop even when she was told, by the adult I might add, that they didn’t want any.  This girl was now in control.  She even had adults scrambling to accommodate her whims.  She was an aggressive bully.  I felt like marching back down the lane and telling her that bullies have their day but that it is a short day, when I remembered one of their fathers loudly yelling at, and following, a number of my students’ cars to my house and letting them know ‘what for’ because they came down the lane past his house a little too fast.


Here’s the deal

Almost everything in life has a fake.

Did you ever notice that?

We could make a list that is unending of ‘fakes’.

You’ve got non-poisonous snakes that mimic the coloring of the poisonous – or are the poisonous mimicking the non?

(You remember the saying, ” Red and Yellow kill a fellow, Red and Black friend of Jack”)


440 hz vs 432 hz

I won’t even go there.


If we simply sit in the tepid water of letting ‘whatever happens happen’,  the bully’s will be the voice that is heard.

According to some of the ‘fakes’, we all need to ‘drink the lemonade’.

But lets talk about something we actually have control over.

Fake character qualities are tough to define in words, but the resultant character, or lack there of, is evident down the road when the individual is confronted with difficult

uncharted paths.

The uncharted path should be feared if we don’t have an internal GPS that puts up red flags.

How do we rescue the young from the fake?

When I went to the library and warned the librarian about a video I took home that was actually boring until ‘hello’….they said this is the way the parents want the kids to learn.

I don’t think so.  I wasn’t warned.

I didn’t even want to put that into my mental storage.

I don’t think parents are so absent that they want a sleazy video to teach what is beautiful.

I like the concept of not letting the young see the counterfeit so that when it shows up they know something is off.

Character does not come with a lightning strike at the appropriate age

it needs to be nurtured.

Here is just a thought.

 Desirable Undesirable and fake
  • 1- Assertiveness
  • 2- Alert
  • 3- Obliging
  • 4- Analytical
  • 5-Visionary
  • 6-Tender-hearted
  • 7-Poised
  • 8-Cooperators
  • 9-Spirit of a hero
  • 10-Innovator
  • 11-Single-minded
  • 12-Diligent
  • 13-Discriminating
  • 14-Disciplined
  • 15-Earnest
  • 16-Efficient
  • 17-Enthusiastic
  • 18-Fair-minded
  • 19-Flexible
  • 20-Forgiving
  • 21-Frank
  • 22-Frugal
  • 23-Generous
  • 24-Grateful
  • 25-Hospitable
  • 26-Humble
  • 27-Full of fidelity
  • 28-Neat + orderly
  • 1-Aggressiveness
  • 2-Distractible
  • 3-Lacking conviction
  • 4-Petty
  • 5–Scheming
  • 6–Gushy, fake
  • 7-Conceited
  • 8-Conspiring
  • 9-Reckless
  • 10-Day dreamer
  • 11-Domineering
  • 12-Overly concerned with detail
  • 13-Critical
  • 14-Rigid
  • 15-Overly serious
  • 16-Impatient
  • 17-Frenzied
  • 18-Judgmental
  • 19-Wishy-washy
  • 20-Condoning
  • 21-Tactless
  • 22-Scrooge
  • 23-Wasteful
  • 24-Indulgent
  • 25-Social-climber
  • 26-Self-abasing
  • 27-Unhealthy attachments
  • 28-Compulsively clean


The list could go on but you get the picture.

Try a Master Class

Teaching Tools including

color-coded notes

for all the Suzuki literature

through Book 4 plus lots

gypsy, fiddle and canons.

Play-along music

and music theory card games

to maintain interest.

Gum Drop Note Sheet Music

Circles are the color the note is moving toward.  Subtly the student is learning complex music theory without knowing it.  When they play the music theory games, it stamps the ideas and embeds them into their thinking.  Try them.

Remember:  a note that is sharp or flat is notated with a circle the color of the note it is moving toward.  Just a little help while we are learning.



The Brain and how we process information

Tools to teach

Violin Sheet Music – Paperbacks

Book One

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes

Tools to teach

Violin Sheet Music –


Pretwinkle books

   tutorial videos

on computer and


and music theory games

digital books


Book One

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes



Violin  Book two

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes


Violin  Book three

Big Book of Gum Drop Notes


Violin Great Extra


Big Book of Gum Drop Notes




The ’10 Minute Music Theory Card Games’ ™ is a year long series of card games intended to be played at the end of each lesson.  This slowly builds understanding from the simplest concept until it is intrinsically understood. Students want to come to lessons because they are motivated and excited about learning.  Their progress is solid and steady.  They understand intervals and otherwise difficult music theory concepts by playing games until they are at lightning speed.  All games include ‘clue cards‘ with all the answers ‘nurture don’t test’.

‘The Magnificent Fingerboard ™’  is the basis for reference.  Students become familiar with the notes and the patterns. Combined with listening to the music, the understanding of the notes and their relationship to the notes around them, is a great musical foundation.

Ten Minute Music Theory

Card Games Series


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