I’m sure you know that person who picked up an instrument three months ago and can already play three dozen songs; all without taking any lessons. They may inspire you to start playing an instrument too; that is until you realize it’s not as easy as they made it seem. As you get farther and farther into playing, it’ll become clear to you that you’re simply not a natural. That’s normal. Most musicians didn’t even try to teach themselves their instrument when they started, instead they started taking lessons.
In my humble opinion, the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a self-fulfilling prophecy. For some reason, many adults believe they are beyond the age to learn anything worth the effort. They are content to run the rat race daily and fall into the rut of complacency. Of course, this problem is quite evident when it comes to learning music. I wish I had a nickel for every adult who told me, “I wish I would have stuck with music lessons as a child.” My response is usually, “Who said you can’t take them up again?” They immediately give me a look like I have three heads! They continue, “Taking music lessons as an adult is just too difficult and not worth the effort. Besides, I don’t have the time.” Really? Here are some solid arguments against that logic.
By: Steven Danner
Creativity is the building block of a musician's life. The question is, how does one do it? If you take a look at people who are creative you’ll soon find they see the world in a different way. There are some foundational elements that are at the center of all of us musicians, poets, writers, and creative people.
By: Steven Danner
When it comes to performance every musician gets butterflies. It’s when you don’t have them that something is wrong. What there is to learn is how to deal with them. It all comes from being as prepared as you possibly can. Over preparing is never a bad thing. It’s like knowing more than you need to know for a test. It never hurts. However, one thing to keep in mind is that your piece will never sound as good on stage to you as it does in the practice room. If you talk to any musician who’s life has been dedicated to performing they will almost always tell you the same thing. It will never sound as good to you on stage as it does in the practice room. The practice room is a safe haven for musicians. It’s the live performances where all the “other stuff” plays on your abilities. So how can you get over stage nerves? Here're five tips that can sure help you memorize your music so that you can focus more on your performance.
by Steven Danner
Summer is at its peak; love is in the air. For weddings, people are always looking for that perfect music to capture the romance of it all. This blog is going to give you some ideas of classical music from the Romantic period to spice up your wedding repertoire.