Whether you’re learning to play a musical instrument for the first time or picking back up with music after a long hiatus, you may need a little extra encouragement from time to time.
Here are 10 pieces of sound advice from those who have been there.
Don’t ever swallow your nerves!
Play live often and be well-practiced. Be in the moment, be vulnerable. You may never squash your nerves but you’ll play great. – Jordan Paul
Find what you’re good at
“For me, I figured out what I was good at. That was music and video. I found a platform that could help me do both of those things. Find out what you’re good at and what you like and enjoy and then find the platform to do that.” – Jack Conte
“You can’t stay the same. If you’re a musician and a singer, you have to change; that’s the way it works.” – Van Morrison
Don’t give up
“In Los Angeles, they don’t want you to fail, they want you to die.” David Geffen
Don’t be afraid to become emotional
“… Just as Jesus created wine from water, we humans are capable of transmuting emotion into music…” –Carlos Santana
Stay true to yourself
“You go through stages where you wonder whether you are Christ, or just looking for him.” David Bowie
Be proud of what you do, learn from rejection
“Anybody that forms a group, writes songs and releases records and says they don’t care if people like them are complete liars.” James Dean Bradfield, Manic St. Preachers
Make them hear you!
“The hardest thing in the world to do in this business is start a band nobody’s heard of.”- Tom Whalley, Interscope Records
“Without freedom of expression, good taste means nothing.” Neil Young
You’ll always be somebody’s good taste
“When you play, never mind who listens to you.” ― Robert Schumann
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Feature Photo – Jordan Paul, Canadian singer, songwriter and musician