The 3 Most Important People In The Life Of Any Musician

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Any musician, whether they only sing, or play an instrument, or both, need certain people around them. The journey toward success is never lonesome. There are crucial people that play a huge role in making the journey successful. As a musician, it is important to realize that people are precious resources. Wondering which of them are the three most important? Read on to find out.

First person

Every musician has a person who they admired. The one who made you want to learn the skill and become just like him or her. in many cases, this would be your role model. This is the first person you should cultivate a relationship with. He or she is better than you and can always challenge you whenever you feel like you are on top of the world even when you still have a long way to go. This doesn’t mean you can only have one of these – two or three would be even better.

These are the teachers, mentors, and coaches we should seek out. The musicians we should jam with and, when we can, perform with on stage. They will elevate our playing level, challenge our assumptions and provoke us when we are complacent or stagnant. Via Medium

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Companion

These are the people who are at your level, they could be your classmates in music class, your band mates and generally anyone you consider a colleague. They are the ones who will happily bring you their new discoveries and challenge you to learn what they have just learned. Healthy competition among you can do wonders in your musical journey.

These are our peers, bandmates and jamming buddies who are rising up through the ranks and developing alongside us. They help keep our skills sharp and let us know when we’re falling behind. Via Medium

Apprentice

Yes, you also need an apprentice, someone who you can teach and can learn from you. Not only is it a fulfilling feeling to teach another person to do what you do best as a musician, it also makes you better. Teaching someone else makes you understand what you usually do without thinking. Teaching makes you consolidate your thoughts and breaks down the process into little tidbits that can be appreciated by the novice. By so doing, you become an expert yourself.

Teaching others cultivates empathy. It is also the best way to clarify and cement what we know and assists in unveiling our shortcomings and the holes in our knowledge or skills set. Via Medium

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Examples      

If you are not sure how teaching someone would look like, perhaps the following story could help you appreciate the opportunity that you could present to others. You could bring up another musician.

Imagine being 10 years old and having the opportunity to perform with renowned musicians like Shelly Berg, dean of the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, and classical music star conductor James Judd.

Thanks to outreach programs like UM’s Donna E. Shalala MusicReach, now entering its ninth year, and Miami Music Project, founded in 2008 by former Florida Philharmonic director Judd, young musicians in Miami-Dade have had significant opportunities to learn an instrument, develop their musical talents, and showcase their gifts at local and national performances. Via Miami Herald

Their importance

The reason why these people are considered to be important is because they open you up to more possibilities. They help you see beyond what you can see by yourself. Psychologists say that everyone has a blind spot, that part of your life that everyone else can see except you. The reason why these people are in your life as a musician is so that they can expose these blind spots.

Are we open to them? Can we put your ego aside to listen, learn and improve? We better! As Ryan Holiday points out in Ego Is the Enemy, “If we’re not still learning, we’re already dying.” Via Medium

 

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Continuous Process

For any living being, growth is inevitable and just as Ryan says, when you stop growing, you start dying. If you aren’t growing in your musical skills, you probably are becoming irrelevant in your trade. Appreciate the need to keep learning as a musician, especially in this ever-changing world. You will make your journey so much more fun!

Conclusion

When you have all these three relationships in your musical journey, your life becomes so much easier. The mistakes you and your colleagues would have missed will be identified by your mentors. The latest developments in your skills will be gathered through your colleagues. What you know will be sharpened as you teach your apprentice. You’ll have a full life and you will enjoy it. Of course, you must remember your family and friends! Never forget them!

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