5 Mistakes Keeping You From Becoming a Great Musician
5 MISTAKES KEEPING YOU FROM BECOMING A GREAT MUSICIAN
Becoming a great musician is certainly not an easy proposition. But after reading the five common mistakes that musicians make, you just might increase your odds for success.
- Failure To Practice: As Malcolm Gladwell eloquently states in his book “The Outliers,” anyone wanting to be good at their craft must put in their 10,000 hours of practice. While this is a no brainer for most people, you’d be surprised at the number of musicians that do not adhere to a regular practice schedule each day as if their life depended on it. No matter if my family was on vacation or if it was Christmas day, I never missed a practice day. I literally practiced up to 18 hours a day at one point, and I can honestly say that it is one of the biggest reasons why I was able to get to the level of playing that I had achieved.
- Failure To Take Lessons: While there are many examples of musicians who got good at playing their instruments without a teacher, there are countless more examples of musicians who never reached their full potential. A skilled music teacher can prevent young musicians from forming bad habits, train them to perform well in real-world situations, and so much more. Drummer Kenwood Dennard, who played with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Sting, helped me to identify my musical strengths and excel at them. Kenwood even served as a mentor and inspired me to push forward when I was feeling low. Even better, he took me to jam sessions and introduced me to a variety of different pro musicians in New York City. Needless to say, studying with him was priceless.
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