Hey all -
I had some teaching experiences recently that echoed some of the questions and sentiment on this forum that ended up being a life lesson for myself… as I’m trying to give the advice to others! I love it. Any valuable music lesson/life lessons out there?
My recent scenario:
A thoughtful beginner who wants to learn things properly and avoid bad habits came into his lesson having read forums, watched videos, and (naturally) had questions about what was proper or allowable technique.
I respond (like on this forum) with my good 'ol shpiel: Technique is a bunch of ‘best practices’ - and they don’t all work for everyone; try to follow this general best method, and deviate when you find something more comfortable, so long as it doesn’t compromise future potential… etc.
It’s easy for me to say all that about music in a lesson, but it’s such an important thing for me to remember in all other aspects of life. The kind of thing that is still being revealed as I near 40: That NO ONE knows the best way for you to do anything, and that most of the best practices we study were created by people who just went out and did a thing because they wanted to/had to.
I forget this in other aspects of my life, and it’s always a good reminder of study study study, but - most importantly - do do do. And pay attention to how you’re doing things, and adjust for what you see. Also - having mentors (teachers) to steer you away from the easy pit falls is a must.
Anyway - as I explore endeavors outside of music, these are always great things for me to hear, remember and keep in mind.
Feel free to shout out your own music-gleaned life wisdom. We’ll collect it, sell it, become obscenely wealthy off our publishing royalties… and then blow the proceeds on music gear. It’ll be great.