The music is much more than four notes and media and the nuances and regulators, forts and piano, involving these notes. In the conservatories we do not learn music, We learn how the musical syntax is organized. We learn to read music. Even out fantastic instrumentalists of our conservatories. But do we really understand the music ever? In the career of a musician, few subjects are those dedicated to the most important thing, which is the compression and understanding of music. Musical forms we are studying at the Conservatory, together with the sight-reading, and harmony are really matters which could help us as more to be good musicians. However some approaches fail: harmony and counterpoint that is used to teach was a harmony almost exclusively on paper. It is not only practice the exercises on the piano and correct such or which note.
Really a musician with a deep knowledge of the language (music) does not depend on a piano, and suffice him pen and paper to make real music. But many armonistas, even using just pencil and paper, see no more beyond of the rubber. In harmony, as a premise, you should teach the sonorities of all possible chords, of conjunctions of notes regardless, of how you act on each other, and the limits of perception. Any chord ear should be able to recognize. You should learn how composers use these harmonies and can we use them us at a given time; Learn how to pass a hue to another in a natural way, learn to move in very altered tones in the same way that we move in c major, learn to harmonize a melody on the piano directly, or melodizar a harmony. This is the music, and not an absurd game of fifths and octaves. Many of the armonistas come with a great vision of harmony errors, but however have no idea of harmony! Once known the foregoing (which could occupy more than one, two or three courses, could occupy a whole life), then is the time to exercise the brain in the long-awaited search fifths and octaves, understanding why so are standards, and how should break them to say something interesting.