Tag: listening

Steelpan Lessons: Just Play!!!

Sometimes the best lessons that we learn are the simplest! “Just Play” was the first and probably most important real-world application that I ever received regarding the instrument. This is the first of an ongoing series of lessons on playing the steelpan, utilizing not exclusively exercises, but many other concepts on ultimately making you a better MUSICIAN!

Saying something by saying nothing…

The mark of a great percussionist or any musician is knowing when not to play. It’s about letting your ego take a back seat and allowing the music to command the moment. Simple concept, yet unbelievably hard to master.

“There’s Always Somebody Better Than You!”

How hard are you working and/or pushing yourself to achieve your goals? Passion, integrity, and a strong work ethic are vital keys to opening the doors of opportunity in the world of music and life in general.

Developing Musical Instincts: Phrasing

The ultimate step in becoming a professional musician (or just taking your musicianship to the next level) is getting out of the practice room and immersing yourself into the music. Although physical practice is essential, practicing your listening skills (exercising your ears) is sometimes the most vital element of your growth as a musician and is ultimately a goal in which we should strive for…

The Art of Listening

Developing “Big Ears” is quite simply a matter of getting out of the “Me Zone” and into the “Groove Zone.” Although an elementary concept, even some professionals need to better their skills at the art of listening. Sometimes it’s what separates brilliance from mediocrity!