Most people think becoming a great musician needs to take eons of years.
Sure, investing the time to develop a relationship with your instrument is important.
But practicing a lot isn’t enough. Taking lessons isn’t enough. Getting a degree isn’t enough.
It takes something else to become a better musician. That’s what we’re going to dive into today. Included in this episode is another interview with professional drummer, Steve Goold.
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What You’ll Learn in this Episode
- The often neglected goal of music education
- Why lessons and practice isn’t enough
- Why getting a degree might not be your best option
- The strength and weakness of classical music education
- What you can do on your own to develop as a musician
- How to develop your ear and hearing pitch
- How to trick yourself into playing what’s difficult
- Pushing yourself to experiment with new sounds and instruments
- What to do when your music teacher terminates your lessons for you
- The chasm between student loans and a musician’s salary
Resources From this Episode
- Podcast: Drummers Are Musicians Too: An Interview With Steve Goold
- Website: Steve Goold
- Software: Propellerhead Reason
- Keyboard: M Audio Keystation
- Book: The Art of Possibility by Benjamin Zander
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Question: What was your biggest takeaway from this episode? Any thoughts on your development as a musician? What has helped you this most? Let’s talk about it in the comments. It’s always better that way.