On this site, we often talk about the specifics of learning improvisation: ear training, transcribing, chord progressions, language… But what about the big picture? How do you accomplish what you want to as a musician?
How do you get from the player you are today to the player that you want to become down the road?
It’s an important question for any aspiring musician to ponder and the answer is surprisingly simple, yet it’s one that many players forget as they head into the practice room.
The truth is, a lot of musicians are spending hours in the practice room, but few of these players are actually achieving their musical goals.
This doesn’t have to be the case. Here are three simple steps to turning this pattern around and accomplishing all of your goals, musical or otherwise:
I. Have a defined objective
Know what you want.
This is the first step to achieving a goal in music or anything else. You need to know why you’re doing something and what you want to get out of it.
Think about your musical practice as a journey that you’re about to embark upon. If you begin your travels with no clear destination, you’ll spend months wandering around aimlessly. By chance you might get closer to your goal or you may even be going in the completely wrong direction, you’ll never know.
However, if you know exactly where you’re headed you can easily find the best route to get there. … Read More