Mar 31, 2022
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Good day to everyone receiving this message of goodwill and moral support. Welcome to another write-up episode. Today, am doing something a little different, just wanting to shine a bit of light on the growing musician. If you are in this community, perhaps there may be at least one thing you can take away from this. And for those who are here to simply observe, you may still find this interesting and welcome to the music world he he.
How Mistakes Bring Character To Your Music:
What exactly is a mistake in music? Some learning curves are big and undeniably embarrassing, like putting the capo on the wrong fret of a guitar during a live performance. Others are more subtle, like a singer mumbling through a line of lyrics during a vocal recording take, or an overeager drummer consistently falling ahead of the beat during an exciting song section. While every mistake is different and some bring no value to a musician, there are some opportunities in music that end up adding a lot of character and value to the muse.
How mistakes can make your music more interesting:
What we initially perceive as errors, often are the qualities of a new song, live performance, or record that end up making a sound more unique and engaging. Sometimes it’s the way singers bend pitches on their way to the correct note, or the happy accidents that occur when a member hits a wrong note or chord and it ends up presenting a section of music in an entirely new and exciting context. There are even stories of artists who’ve recorded music with equipment that’s cheap or damaged for the recordings they’re featured on, and the result is music that ends up sounding way more interesting.
What we need as musicians, songwriters, performers, and producers to turn a mistake into a powerful musical asset are acceptance and resourcefulness. Acceptance is crucial in music because the hard but unavoidable truth is that things are just never going to be exactly how you want them to be. Whether it’s your mindset during the recording process, the live sound at your next show, or the equipment setup at your band’s studio, things are never going to be ideal for you as a musician. This applies whether you’re a rich and famous artist or are a young, unknown band.
Every mistake can help you as a musician with the right attitude:
There are endless opportunities to use everything in our lives as fuel for music, and failures, mess-ups, glaring errors, and even horrifically bad performances can end up improving your life as a musician. It all comes down to your mindset and whether you’re willing to work with what you have or not. Sometimes the only value of a mistake is realizing that you or your band need to put in more practice before playing your next live show, but that sort of error ends up becoming a huge gift if it motivates you to become more prepared and a confident perspective. We can use each and every seemingly bad thing that happens to us in life as an opportunity to create something great.
If this all sounds a bit stoic, it’s because it is. Pursuing music seriously is something that is going to discourage you, beat you down, exhaust, and infuriate you at some point or another. Major disappointment is headed your way no matter what you do. You have the choice to either leverage your shortcomings and transform them into gifts, or allow them to get in your way. If you apply the same sense of creativity and innovation to your mistakes that you use to make music, you’re going to give yourself the best chance at thriving and succeeding as a musician.
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