I know we’re a ways past the first of the year now, but I’m still contemplating goals I want to work toward and improvements I want to make – personally and professionally. Chris Foley has a fabulous article on “10 Ways to Improve Your Musicianship in 2010.” Check out this great statement:
“Single-mindedness and dedication will in large part determine the outcome in a process where talent usually means less than the hard work required for others to think that you were talented in the first place.”
My favorite item is 5. Go on a diet – of listening. A fascinating concept. Chris concludes with this observation, “If you become a part of the performing culture of your chosen musical style, it will add an energy and passion to your musical endeavors that will help propel your playing to the next level.” I’ve never been very “up” on different performers and haven’t made a point to listen to a wide variety of musicians in the past, so I’m excited about the possibility of making an intentional effort toward this end this year. We’ll see how that goes!