Hey there, music makers. Today I’m gonna break down my top two tips for how to look good when you play or make music. Now, after this video, you’re gonna have a very clear understanding of the top two things everyone should be doing, including myself, to actually sound better and perform better, and just look good when you are making music.
So tip number one is to focus on one single thing. Don’t try and play 20 songs for someone. Figure out one song, learn it very, very, very, very, very well, and then play it for them. The reason why you should only pick one song and the reason why you should learn it very, very, very, very, very well is because the second you start playing in front of someone, once you get nervous, once you get self-conscious, all of that interferes with your ability to play music and make music ‘cuz you get a little nervous.
If you’ve ever had a moment where you got really nervous and someone asked you your name and you forgot it, think about how long you’ve known your name and you forgot that.
So if you only know the song you’ve been working on, on guitar, piano, flute, clarinet…Think how easily you’re gonna forget that once you start getting nervous. So know your stuff really well and only pick one song that you’re gonna try and share with someone or the world.
Number two is to pick a song or a piece of music that is at a level where you can learn it in less than 30 days. Don’t try and go for something that’s super complex. Simplify it down. Here’s the thing, if you wanna look good, you need to do something that you can actually do.
So pick something you can learn within the next 30 days and not just learn, but like master it. Like really have it down and have it down to the point where you could then go play it for someone. Think about it this way.
If you feel like playing music by yourself, you’re at a 100. So 100 out of 100, as soon as you get one person in the room, you’re gonna drop down to a 75. You get 10 people in the room, you might drop down to a 50. So think about you could play through a song the whole way through without making zero mistakes. The point is you need to over-prepare with something that is really simple that you can learn in the next 30 days.
Take care of music makers.