You’re sitting in the audience at a sold out concert and your favorite musician has just taken the stage.
Flawless technique, impeccable sound, and endless creative musical lines flow from the stage and fill up the concert hall.
“Unbelievable,” you think. “This musician must be super-human!“
They just might be, but have you ever wondered what this master musician is like in person?
What would it be like if you struck up a conversation after the show? What if you could see inside his/her practice room?
I’m sure your imagination could run wild with the possibilities, but be careful…
What you’re expecting isn’t always what you get. In fact, your perception of great players can often be completely wrong.
I’ve been pretty lucky to come in contact with some of the best musicians in the world and after each encounter, I always walk away surprised by what I find.
Here are seven qualities and habits of the best musicians that will catch you off guard.
1) It’s all about the fundamentals
It never ceases to surprise me.
I finally snag a lesson with a big name improviser and immediately envision an hour of life-changing insights, new harmonic possibilities, and secret licks that will transform my playing. However once I show up at the lesson, it’s all about the fundamentals.
Long tones, breathing, articulation, a single chord progression, time, scales, a standard tune…
Why? Well it’s no secret, the fundamentals of musicianship are … Read More