"Left Hand Suzuki Method" as written by and Damon(2d)/hewlett Albarn....
The most important thing
Is listening the recording of the music.
It makes them gain a, um, musical sense
And gets to the point of the fast progress

And also, every day, every lesson
We have to make sure they learn about tonalization


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"Left Hand Suzuki Method" as written by Damon(2d)/hewlett Albarn

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    General CommentSuzuki was a Japanese violin teacher who was known for his developmental psychology methods of teaching. He created the "Suzuki method" of teaching to teach children how to play musical instruments. His method emphasized repitition of what is being taught in the young student's life. He claimed that children would easily learn to play the difficult violin if surrounded by violin music, every minute of everyday. This song is rebelling against the pop music people are fed every damned day. Rebel! Gorilla warfare! :P

    Corrections:
    "the most important thing
    is listening the recording of the music" (sic)
    "and also every day, every lesson,
    we have to make sure they learn about tonalization"
    Spreadon October 14, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI remember the first time I heard this song, years ago. My friend was driving me to school and I heard the violin and yelled "I LEARNED THAT SONG ON PIANO, IT'S IN MY SUZUKI BOOK!", to which she replied "Well that's sort of the song's title..."

    I was raised on the Suzuki Method, it's a terribly boring way to learn classical music. You have a tape/cd and listen to the songs you will learn over and over, and go straight by the books. It's the reason I don't play much piano anymore, the repetition was very dull and I never got to learn any songs that I wanted to play. After 9 years it totally burned me out.

    As for the meaning, I think it's completely backwards from what people have posted so far... I think the lyrics are being sarcastic, and saying that fast progress and music theory only do so much. Just light up a bong and jam!

    "and also every day, every lesson,
    we have to make sure they learn about tonalization"
    poisoncandygramon June 17, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Suzuki Method" is a Japanese term for teaching through listening to music. The whole song is just sarcastic. People take music too literally. While the old Suzuki Method is a way to interpret classical, boring music. The "Left Hand" way is completely opposite. You don't need to take music seriously. Just get high, listen to random shit like the entire song, and "feel the impact."
    spizzeerascalon September 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentooohhhh..... japanese-ish......thiz iz tha only gorillaz song mah sis likes 'cos she loves j-pop.
    headexplody731on May 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentKatei de mai-nichi
    Gakushu-you no *record* wo kikase,
    Ongaku-teki *sense* wo takameru.
    Sensoo sou ii kedo
    Sou inyo to demo.

    The most important thing, is listening to the recording of the music.
    It makes them get a musical sense - and, uh - this is the point of the... fast progress!

    *Tunization* wo mai-nichi *lesson* shido shite,
    Oto wo rippa ni sodateru.

    And also, everyday, every lesson
    We have to make sure
    They're not lying about tunization!

    You can't leave out the Japanese! That's the best part! Anyway, if you were wondering the English is just a translation of what she is saying in Japanese The English words thrown in "Lesson" and "record" would be written in katakana so they would be pronounced much differently than English.
    ZidaneTribalon October 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgood song. Damn good song. But yeah, if you listen to the lyrics the meaning isn't much of a mystery. Noodle rocks. >_
    anonymousLon July 29, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyes .. noodle is awesome ...

    i get this song stuck in my head all the time. love it.
    DarkAntiCristaon September 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe background violin music is the song Long, Long ago. Page 19 in my Suzuki Method Violin Book (Volume 1).
    Pakuruon January 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, Gorillaz Of A Down is CORRECT! It is about lyrics, and how they are overated.
    Weirdguy1616on August 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm thinking that Poisoncandygram has the right idea. I think they're trying to say music, whether you're playing it or listening to it, should be fun and original. And the title Left Hand Suzuki Method, I think might stand for being different. Most people are right handed, so don't just be right handed(mainstream music) because everyone else is. You should explore different kinds of music and find what you really love. Also for some reason it just doesnt seem like gorillaz would support the suzuki method of learning music (repetitiveness), when their music is the complete opposite.
    gabe33on January 20, 2008   Link

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