You’re a trumpet player.
You play the piano or the guitar. Maybe you’ve taken up the saxophone.
Out of a dozen different instruments, this is the one that you’ve chosen to amplify your musical voice.
You identify with it, you wield it with pride, and you strive to follow in the tradition of the fine players that paved the way before you.
You’ve collected etudes, method books, and instructional videos. You have hundreds of recordings by the masters of your instrument and each week you take lessons and faithfully practice.
Before you know it this instrument becomes the center of your musical and creative output. Your life as a musician starts when you pick it up and stops when you put it down.
But what would happen if you took away that instrument? What if I stormed into your practice room and snatched that instrument out of your hand?
Suddenly you’re standing there all alone in an empty room – are you still a musician?
Think about it…
Right now, as you’re reading this, think of a melody in your mind. Can you create these sounds without your instrument?
This probably sounds ridiculous, why would you do that? Well, I used to think the same thing…
Not so long ago I was a college music major intent on becoming a great improviser. Through school I had learned all of my scales, I was on top of my music theory, and I dedicated the majority of each day to practicing technique.… Read More