Steve…I love that approach…Midi was SUCH a block for me in 1985 that I never re-visited it again until 2004 when I started with Cubase. Have a mild grip on it for recording but not like so many guys here do including yourself.
I might have said this before but my first guitar tune was Little Brown Jug, taught to me by my uncle Frank Staffa who was one of the jazz greats. He was a Connecticut Yankee with Rudy Vallee…played with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, gave lessons and played with guys like Bucky Pizzarelli, Joe Cinderella and Tony Mottola
HE POUNDED SIGHT READING and NOTE BY NOTE into my head starting from age 6…Every Good Boy Does Fine…y’all remember that one ! THEN…on top of that, I went to Catholic School !!!