If You Aspire to be a Successful Musician, Read on…
There are three questions most young aspiring musicians usually have:
1. How do I become an outstanding live performer?
2. How do I perfect my singing and instrument playing skills?
3. How do I make a record, get it out there and get people to hear it and become successful?
Firstly, you need to identify with what it is that you really want, because your heart will naturally resonate with whatever you really want. What is it that you are most comfortable with? Singing? Recording? Playing in a band? Instrumentalist? You name it. This is the first port of call and it determines the path you will take towards fine tuning your talent.
Everyone has got strengths and weaknesses. You ought to clearly know where you are strong and weak then pay no attention to your weaknesses and build rigorously on your strengths until they swallow up your weaknesses.
The level of achievement that we have at anything is a reflection of how well we were able to focus on it. The only thing that is holding you back is the way that you are thinking. Here is what I recommend:
Pick a song that you really love and will be able to play - something that is within your reach. Imagine that song right now and picture yourself playing or singing that song perfectly. That’s the first and most important part of the exercise that will lead you to achieve your dreams.
As you picture yourself playing and singing, imagine what you sound like, imaging how you are sitting or standing on the stage – how you are performing the song. Feel the atmosphere and see the stage lights dancing all around you. At this point in time, you should feel a lift in your spirit if this is what you really want. See and hear yourself playing or singing the song elegantly, beautifully, whether it’s a pop, rock, blues, metal, folk, country, reggae, high life, hip hop music in whatever style – just see yourself doing it from beginning to end perfectly and with confidence. The more you are able to crystallize that vision, the more you draw closer to manifesting it!
Secondly, let’s look into practice and talk about spending time to reach your goal. A lot of musicians and singers complain about having no time for practice because of their obligations in life, responsibilities and so many other things that have to be done. How then do we find time to practice because it is in practice that we find perfection. I recommend that you find a special time for yourself. A time when you shut off the TV, cellphone, Internet…a time when you shut out the world, then sit and focus on your goal.
Whenever you get discouraged, go to the big picture – that place of excitement and recall all the good feeling of accomplishment that you mustered while you pictured yourself doing what you love to do. This singular action will usher in a fresh burst of energy that will soar you through any hard times you may be going through and you will immediately feel encouraged to get on with the pursuit of your goal because a new world of possibility and a new door of opportunity is opened when you go back to the big picture. At this point, you will see yourself doing what was seemingly impossible.
At this point, there is no work involved, no stress, it’s all becomes fun because you are doing what you really love. You feel joyful because you know you’re reaching your goal.
Since I started pursuing my musical goals, I have never worked a day in my life. It has been having fun from one level to a higher level. I love two things: music and teaching. What do I do for a living…or better still, what do I do for fun? TEACHING MUSIC. I live a beautiful life and I want as many musician as are within my sphere of influence to catch on this and replicate a similar lifestyle. In doing what you love, you find fulfilment and are always charged up with energy and a sort of contagious enthusiasm that will draw the right people, situations and events to you. Hence you live in a state of NO STRUGGLE. Don’t get me wrong, I have been through a lot and had my own fair share of challenges but for me, the game changed when I discovered myself and what I stand for. Winning Star Quest 2006 is still a mystery to me because I went to have fun and ended up in the United Kingdom for the MOBO awards with so much cash to throw around. That’s the magic in doing what you love.
Back to the topic of practicing, I usually advise my students to take things step by step because slow and steady wins the race. Don’t try to do so much at once or force yourself to learn a lengthy piece of music all at a go. Break things down into workable chunks – a little a day does it better. This way, you will have laid a good foundation for yourself and will experience a steady and sure growth that will lead to the mastery of the piece of music – a level where things begin to flow naturally and effortlessly. At this point if feels like something comes over you and takes perfect control of your art – a higher force that gives you the ability to become the music!
Do you have a musical dream and need a mentor to guide you through the process of attaining your goal? Stop procrastinating and make the best of 2017. The year is still very young and fresh and you’ve got your dreams to work on. Get on to writing your song, hop into the studio to record and launch your lifelong dream. We at Lee Music School are looking forward to help you through the process. Call us on +2348132918691 or WhatsApp +447435240062 to discuss your aims or book a musical class towards the development of your music career.
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