For music students this means attending class, seeking out creative solutions to practice problems, watching and learning on YouTube, going to concerts, attending workshops, hanging out with musicians, talking up a storm with other students, asking questions of your teachers, setting practice goals which challenge, learning new styles of music, reading biographies of musicians you admire, reading biographies of musicians you hate, going to music festivals, and as Wynton says, “addressing your short comings”.
Every experience you have adds to your store of knowledge and, over time, increases your ability to respond successfully in the moment.
“Every time you expose yourself to another situation, it will give you another key of experience for your key ring”
Source: Life is Tremendous, by Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, page 36
Have a great week.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.