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What Makes a Great Musician?

Categories: Blog November 25, 2014 @ 10:57 AM 0 Comments      


You could have two individuals, concentrating on the same musical technical ability, take part in the same exact notes on a guitar and receive completely different reaction from the audience. You may also have musicians who train day in and day trip and become extremely good at technically manipulating their instrument however when you hear them play, they hardly evoke any emotional reaction in the audience. On the other hand, you have the other kind of musicians, who either can be technically good or otherwise, but their delivery always triggers a palpable emotional reaction within their audience. So what is the element which makes the difference?

Maybe we are able to begin to answer that by following it with these questions. Will the great musician really need an instrument to become one? Or, to phrase it yet another way, does the instrument have almost anything to do in creating a great musician? The answer then is, as you might have guessed, certainly not. The instrument is solely incidental, in fact, a fantastic musician can merely whistle and acquire a favorable audience reaction. Why? because they're born with the internal understanding of the universal language of music, also referred to as, the gift of music. The having that knowledge or talent will be the critical difference between the fantastic musician versus the instrumental player. The great musician usually has an obvious connection with the musical language within themselves, which makes it easy for them to express it. Towards the extent they can tap into that energy the more they can reach the audience. The not great musician, on the other hand, has a blurred connection, if at all. You can play your instrument until you drop dead, if the notes are not connected to your internal language of music you're merely playing notes, not music.

The unfortunate distinction between the language of music as well as any other language is the fact that, you cannot learn it. In case you are born with it, you can study how to better take advantage of it, if you are not born by using it however, you might also take up Spanish. For all those born with it, practicing your own music should involve great focus on the connection of yourself to the language of music as much as the time spent together with your instrument developing your technique. By that I mean, in order to tap into the energy of music easily, you'll have to spend a great deal of time taking care of your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health instead of just concentrating on your instrument. Ultimately, it's usefulness, in terms of inspiring and touching your audience which makes you a great musician.

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