To Create, or Not to Create: that IS a question…
Something that isn’t always obvious to most students, but a factor that I’ve been aware of since the very earliest days of my music studies is the potential for some conscious decision towards the value of creativity.
Basically I made the choice to and set goals towards my studies to include a perspective, plus pursuit towards the creative self-expression on my instruments and in my musical statements.
Not that learning to play an instrument at a high level… nor learning music is “easy”… but it is a relatively easier path to copy verbatim the musical paths that have come before us, than it is to find fresh approaches.
Not to mention the additional artistic judgmental ‘risks’ that come with taking a creative approach.
By human nature, it is far easier for people to frown on the unfamiliar than to accept… let alone embrace… such.
I’m assuming that since you’ve gotten this far on my site that you share a creative drive and spirit.
I offer these two pieces of advice: points that I continue to remind myself of as well…
- Have Courage! – Listen to enough music that you have confidence in your ears. Then have confidence such to trust your judgement when working to form, plus develop your own ideas. Be open to valid opinion and criticism, but also value your vision and aspirations going forward. Playing and creating music are developmental processes: the finished product takes time and the results during… and before the completion of… the journey isn’t always pretty. Courage!
- Stay Encouraged! – The path and process towards creativity can often be discouragingly difficult. Whether we are pursuing our own standards… let alone being judged by others… as we strive for acceptability and ultimately excellence as we hone our skills, plus ideas. The only way through is to persevere. Keep grinding, working and striving. Look forward to progress, but also remember to have fun and enjoy any progress that you’ve made. The people who enjoy what they do not only go the farthest in their pursuits: but they enjoy the process, plus rewards that much more. A friend… incredible guitarist / performer Dave Stevens… always exudes so much joy in his approach, plus playing. Whenever I get frustrated with my playing I try to think of Dave’s example: to be reminded of the perspective of joy that playing my instruments SHOULD be.