1. Go to live shows
2. Keep an open mind
3. Ask for advice from accomplished musicians
4. Listen to music without distractions
I'm always amazed that students rarely go and hear the world's best musicians when they visit town. We live in Toronto, everyone comes here eventually.
Kids are asked to play music they've never heard. Adults who love music only listen to the radio, rarely venturing downtown to hear a piano recital, the symphony, or take in a jazz group at the Rex. No wonder they lose heart. Music is difficult to do well. Inspiration is a must. And, inspiration is like a morning shower. An regular ongoing activity for best results.
I hope to see you in the audience.