Wayside Gardens: The Tao of Music - Chapter Three - Be Greater Than Your Ego!


All of these common reasons for wanting to be a musician are EGO ORIENTED. Your ego is a demanding slave driver which is never satisfied. It constantly pushes you to do more, be more, achieve more. In the eyes of your EGO, you are NEVER good enough and what's more, you are never GOING TO BE good enough. What a painful and wasteful way to live!Your ego tells you that you must be able to play faster scales, more complicated drum beats, more impressive songs than anyone else. You must gather more and more attention for your amazing technical abilities. The more you pursue the satisfaction of your ego, the more it will elude you. That is the nature of this EGO BEAST. If you want to be a musician, turn your attention AWAY FROM YOURSELF and concentrate your focus on the MUSIC.Become a servant to the magnificent creative power that is MUSIC. By putting the music before your ego, you will naturally attract everything that you need to become a musician--EXACTLY at the moment that you need it and are capable of handling it! The appropriate exercises, lessons, even the perfect teacher will come your way. Your only job is to appreciate these things as they come and take joy in putting them to use.I can't begin to tell you how many students, both on and off line, have expressed concern with overwhelming "stage fright"--performance anxiety. What are the thoughts that go through your mind before a performance? Do they go something like: What if I mess up? What will people think of ME? Everyone will be looking at ME!Can you see that these are all ego concerns? I can tell you from years of performing experience that if you concentrate on yourself, you are going to be nervous. No one is comfortable at the thought of being judged by a crowd. If, however, you immerse yourself in the MUSIC, become one with it, concentrate ONLY on it, your performance anxiety will fall by the wayside. Let the music play YOU!Above all--do NOT brag about your playing or continually try to convince yourself and others how great and knowledgeable you are! There is an INVERSE relationship between self-aggrandizement and true musicianship.It goes like this: The great ones never brag and the ones who brag are never great! Start observing as you interact with others who play music--you will be amazed at the truth of this axiom. Self-promoting and bragging are "weeds" in your garden of Music. Get rid of them!In summary, if you are to become a musician, you must serve the MUSIC and not YOURSELF. Stop keeping score of your ego-driven accomplishments and start doing your very best to honor and celebrate the great creative force of music--IT has chosen YOU!Check back often as there will be many more chapters following "The-Tao-of-Music-3! [EXTRACT] All these common reasons for wanting to be musician EGO oriented. His ego is a demanding slave driver which is never satisfied. Constantly pushes you to do more, be more, achieve more. In the eyes of your ego, which are never good enough and what is more, they'll never be good enough. What a painful and useless to live! Your ego tells you that you should be able to play faster scales, more complicated drum rhythms, songs more impressive than any other person. You must gather more attention for his incredible technical ability. The more we pursue the satisfaction of the ego, the more you evade. That is the nature of the beast EGO. If you want to be a musician, to turn attention from himself and focus their attention on an official MUSIC.Become the exceptional power of which is music. By putting the music before his ego, which will attract everything you need to become a musician - exactly when you need it and are able to handle it! Appropriate exercises, lessons, even the perfect teacher get in the way. Your only job is to appreciate things as they come and rejoice in making them use.I can not begin to tell you the number of students, both on and offline, have expressed concern about "stage fright" overwhelming - the performance anxiety. What are the thoughts that go through your mind before a performance? This is what something like this: What happens if I'm wrong? What will people think of me? Everyone will be looking at me! Can you see that these are all concerns of the ego? I can say from years of experience in the realization that if you focus on yourself, you'll be nervous. No one feels comfortable with the idea of ​​being judged by a mob. However, if you immerse yourself in music, becoming one with it, focus only on herself, her anxiety fall by the wayside. Let the music you hear above all else - DO NOT brag about your playing or continually trying to convince himself and the others are large and well informed! There is an inverse relationship between self-aggrandizement and musicianship.It truth is this: the great not to boast and brag that they are not great! Begin to observe as they interact with other people that play music - you will be amazed at the truth of this axiom. Self-promotion and boasting are "weeds" in the garden of music. Get rid of them! In short, if you become a musician, you must serve the music and not yourself. Failure to keep track of your ego achievements and start doing your best to honor and celebrate the great creative force of the music - you have chosen back often as there will be many more chapters, after "El-Tao- of-Music-3!
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