How to Become a Better Musician

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The answer isn't an easy one - but it is a fun one. Well, I guess it's fun if you like to practice, if you don't then you'll never become a better musician than you are today. I believe music is more than just a craft or just another type of art. It is those things, but I believe it can become much more than that. I don't believe music should be formulated, but theorized. That's why it's called music theory. Anyways, (before you think I'm some hippy, idealist, weirdo) here are a few practical tips, that you all probably know, but hopefully I can share some new light on and make you think differently about, to help you become a better musicians.

1. Time

This is probably the most obvious advice anyone could give, but it's also probably the most important. I'm a staff guitar player for a church down in Frisco, Texas, and we just finished doing some work in a recording studio in Frisco. And I'll have to tell you, time will be your biggest enemy in a studio. You need to set aside time to practice and to perfect your craft, so you can play what needs to be played in an instant - and that's not just for studio work but everything. If you don't set aside time to commit to practice and to mentally think of your music, then you will never get better.

2. Patience

Take lessons! Always remain a student and give yourself the patience to realize you're not where you want to be but you're headed there. There will always be more to learn. Like I said, music is a theory - I kind of think of it as space, it never quits growing or expanding. So if it be piano lessons, or drum lessons, or even just a class on music theory - always remain a student.

3. Goals

Set a goal that is actually attainable. Start small and work your way up. Don't set a goal to be the best guitarist of all time, because you will only frustrate yourself but it would be impossible to reach. The main thing is that you write music that inspires you. Turn the information that you learn into inspiration, that is where your best work will come from.

About the Author: David Michael LeMarr is writer for NAMS. David is also a musician, blogger, public communicator, and future architect - follow him on Twitter // Facebook // Wordpress

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