YOUR MUSICAL POTENTIAL
How your personality affects the way you learn, play, and sing music
This page is for students and musicians who said:
‘The purpose of life is to be genuine and real, to be yourself, to
be the person God made you to be, and life is a journey of discovery to
find out who that person really is. To have a meaningful life, and meaningful
is defined by who you are, not what you do.’
Almost all students of music can learn to do all the different aspects
of music well with work and solid direction or instruction. So most people
can learn to read music well, improvise well, and be a convincing performer,
but each kind of person has areas that are easier or harder for them personally.
This kind of musician and musical learner is interested in expressing themselves
personally and in describing the emotions and drama of life. They are
very good at this. They see the ‘big picture’ in music and
know intuitively that the purpose of music is to move people, make people
laugh and cry and be moved. In fact, they are able to ignore the little
mistakes that come up in a performance and complete it because they are
focused on fully expressing what’s in their heart, the real purpose
of music. Because they are focused on the bottom line of drama in music,
they are good at improvising (adlibbing), songwriting, and overcoming
mistakes in a song to get all the way to the end, come heck or high water.
This includes overcoming mistakes and errors to save the day! Also, in
their musical expression they strive to be unique.
Since they are focused on the big picture and expressing emotional truth
through their music, they can ignore errors in a song, and may not always
perfect one song before moving on to another one – sometimes to
the point of not even noticing the mistakes (this is the wrong chord,
the wrong rhythm, not in tune, etc). And since a musician’s body
of work is just an assembly of their songs with the attendant details
of doing those songs, they may in turn not master enough abilities to
be able to play the true music that’s in their heart, trusting to
their sincerity and truth to carry the tide (which it will, up to a point),
rather than musical abilities or excellence.
This student is the most sensitive to letting the ebb and flow of emotions
affect their musical effort, in both performance and practice, sometimes
even interpreting these emotions as reasons to be in or out of music.
Music for this learner is an affair of the heart. Frequently, this earnest
seeker of truth will be laboring at a difficult thing in music, working
and toiling away and suddenly think, “Ha! This isn’t music,
this is bondage!! I want to express myself and be me and play/sing from
the heart; not labor like a slave on this nitpicky trivia!! Bah!! Ugh!!”.
Then they don’t practice for 4 days………The actual
problem for this student isn’t what happened just now, but what
happens after: when they come into their senses, they may feel so terribly
guilty for not practicing that they won’t practice for another 2 weeks.
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While it’s true that the details are not the song or even the bulk
of the song, they are what separates an average player from a great one,
and a heart-rending song from ‘meh’. These students need direction
from someone they trust to point out the truly necessary details that
will make their music soar. And ultimately a body of music that soars.
Again this learner needs someone they can trust to help them play, sing,
and practice through the down times emotionally. When you’re discouraged
about music, do the funnest thing first and a lot, even if it’s
not something you’re supposed to do. Then while you’re enjoying
that fun thing maybe you’ll want to do a second thing on your list.
Be aggressively ready to cut the cycle of practice/righteous rebellion/guilt/double
guilt and just leave out all the guilt part. If you didn’t practice
for the last 2 weeks – that’s bad. But, fugedaboutit! Move
on, pick up and keep going (and I hate to toot the instructor’s
horn but moving on is made easier when you’ve got someone you think
is great musically telling you that it’s ok to do that). It’s
ok to do that.
Though these answers are indeed mostly about emotions, for this type of
musician there are few musical barriers to being totally awesome; it’s
frequently the issue of managing emotions that allows a musicianship that
rules to develop or not.
These musicians can have a tendency to feel that just because something
they did was passionate, it was also good – sadly, not always so.
They frequently benefit from having a reliable source for determining
the musical value of their always-heart-felt efforts.
Some people of this type can be overly impressed by the reputations of
famous or important people and methods; they have to be careful in choosing
their musical mentors, lest they idolize and mimic a personality or musical
system that really doesn’t pay off in terms of producing results.
Be careful not to lower the standard of what you want to accomplish so
as to shield yourself from the guilt of not accomplishing it. Work on
your art, raise your abilities up to where your dreams are, don’t
lower your goals because you didn’t’ practice. Go for great
musical things and you will frequently accomplish them, though with effort.
Conclusions and results
By being committed to mastering essential details and stopping the flood
of trivial guilt in its tracks, many great players and singers like this
perform with power and earnestness everyday and take us with them into
their musical world. Make sure what you’re trying to do is as good
as you think it is; the ‘real world’ has its points. Watch
out for fads and trends, verify that what you’re doing is really
producing results. Just because you’re passionate about your music
doesn’t mean you can’t be excellent as well.
This type of musician can be anything they want in music: singer, instrumentalist,
performer, soloist, composer, singer/songwriter, front man, band member.
Many, many of the songs that make us all shout and cry and dance and decide
to sign up for the Marines – are written by this kind of musician.
This musician is probably the best ‘natural’ musician, not
necessarily in terms of how difficult what they do is, but in terms of
how convincing what they do seems. Many singer-songwriters are this personality.
Surprisingly, many of the world’s most skilled musicians (now I
do mean in terms of how difficult what they do is) too are this personality,
especially those who’ve disciplined themselves to practice (that’s
two evil words in one sentence, the d word and the p word!). Take lessons
at Promethean Studios; we understand your passion to express yourself.
We can help that happen while you become the best musician you can be.
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