Let’s be completely honest…
My amazing teachers did tell me many of the things that I’m about to tell you…I just didn’t listen!
Why didn’t I listen?
I don’t know. Immaturity. Stubbornness. The belief that there had to be something else. Something more important. Something more complex. Something better, that mattered more…
But these 8 pieces of advice matter more than I ever could have known and I continue to rediscover their importance time and time again.
Whenever I veer of course, it’s usually one of these things that I’m ignoring.
And hopefully, by sharing them with you today, you’re inspired to continue to grow and develop your musical potential in the direction you want to take it…
1.) Listening to jazz is the most important thing you can do
I know you think you listen, but do you really listen?
When you get in the car, do you turn the pop hits of today on– I’m guilty of this too, and I swear they’re the same 5 computer-generated songs playing on every single radio station. Do bands even exist anymore?!– or are you listening to Bird, Trane, or supporting the local jazz station?
Each day do you feel the need to listen to jazz? Are you truly compelled?
Do you, in fact, listen to jazz every single day? And not because you feel you should, but because you love it?
Don’t underestimate the power of listening to jazz.
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