david santistevan

worship.leadership

Marks of a Great Musician (Part 2)

Mark #2 – Are you an observer?

Great musicians observe other musicians. As I look back over the years, a lot of my growth as a musician came from watching other people. I remember watching a particular drummer at my church when I was really young. I never took drum lessons but I studied his playing – how he held the sticks, his facial expression, his body language, how he hit the snare, hi-hat patterns, etc. Watching him play and trying it myself made all the difference. I would have never figured that stuff out on my own.

Watching professionals play is like a free lesson. Observe what they do and then try it out yourself. Observing and listening go hand in hand. When you don’t have the opportunity to observe great musicians at a particular venue, you should be listening.

Press in to the difficulty of what you saw and practice it till you get it. It can be done with hard work!

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August 31, 2009 - Posted by | Band, Music

1 Comment »

  1. This is good advice for other things too… thanks bud.

    Comment by Benjamin Davis | September 1, 2009 | Reply


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