Doc Higgins has been singing and writing thoughtful and topical songs
for many years. He performs on piano or with his acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars
sprinkled with harmonica lines, and he brings along his Gretsch semi-acoustic for
some clean finger-style sounds.
Docs songs are mostly folk with
roots, jazz, blues, country, and popular influences. His insightful reflections
on being human in a personal and global context are expressed through
melodies and musical styles that leave the listener with a memorable
sense of having experienced his message. With a sense of urgency and a
humanist perspective, he hopes to use his songs and music to help relate
a message of social insight and action which can contribute to all
positive efforts against oppression throughout the world.
Some of Docs songs are available on YouTube and a CD via ReverbNation and iTunes - entitled "Strange Highs and Watery Eyes" with tracks including "Wish Life Again", "Find Another Way", and "Song For The People Of Haiti".
Guitar - Piano - Theory
Doc Higgins has developed the "Just Play It" method for learning guitar,
piano, and music theory.
The two main components of the "Just Play It" method are:
All lessons cover guitar, piano, and music theory.
Guitar lessons start with chords and strumming
and progress to some lead bits, then flat-pickin, then finger-pickin.
Piano notes and patterns of the keys are taught initially, followed by
chord shapes and simple playable scales.
Music theory is introduced gradually in ways that provide support for improved
playing and musicianship.
To help people play the music they enjoy, easily, by themselves or in a group
as quickly as possible. Rather than working through a lot of theory
details and playing less interesting songs, the "Just Play It" method
helps learners move easily to
being able to play the music they like, either independently (solo)
or accompanying others (backup and jamming).
To help people see and understand the patterns in music and how they
appear on the guitar fingerboard, and the piano keyboard.
Most people are quite good at recognizing and remembering patterns. In fact,
pattern recognition is a natural conscious and unconscious function of the brain.
Thousands of songs are more easily understood, and more easily played once
a very few musical patterns are recognized and applied.
all lessons are free and being prepared for online participation