What’s All the Fuss About?
The amount of chatter on how to play an instrument or sing is endless. There are teachers and coaches for every instrument out there, and we’re all giving opinions on how to most effectively learn to be a musician. It’s all fine and dandy. I wouldn’t teach music and coach voices if I didn’t believe it was effective.
However, there is one piece of advice – a permission really – that is by far more valuable than all the other advice. Are you ready for it?
The Simple Answer
Yup. That’s it. Have fun! Love the process of learning to sing or play. We call it “playing” an instrument for a reason.
The logic is sound really. Not only are we far more motivated to practice and practice consistently if we enjoy the process of learning, but also we are able to develop the fine motor skills necessary for any instrument or the voice much more efficiently when worry, fear, and boredom are out of the picture. The creative mind is unleashed when we adapt a positive mental framework.
Proof is in the Pudding
The happy accident of finding a breakthrough while just having fun has happened to me more times than I can count, but the most dramatic example that comes to mind is the day I finally was able to sing a high C. (For tenors, that’s a big step.) I had worked, practice, and begged for advice in pursuit of this golden note. Once in a while I could almost get there. I was frustrated, but I kept trying. One day while taking a break during an intense audition rehearsal, I spontaneously began singing a fun familiar song to my kids. It became a playful game and I didn’t think about it too much. After I had my fun, I stopped and realized that the high note seemed unusually high. I went to the piano found that I had just sung – easily – the high C. It was so easy to do that I doubted it at first. What I had failed at for years became accessible to me in mere moments with no effort at all.
Add Your Success Story!
But I’m curious how you’ve fared learning to be a music maker. Have you ever found those “Aha” moments to come when you least expected it or when you were just enjoying the music? Share your fun stories here. I’d love to hear them!