If You Want, You Can Be A better Musician Tomorrow

Dear my music students,

I want to be really clear. The standard pace is for chumpsFive minutes a day is all you need to achieve fluency, and I’ve compiled a list of tools to achieve that fluency. So it’s time for some straight talk about where you are today, and where you want to go.

If you aren’t a better musician today than you were yesterday, it is because you don’t want to be.

I don’t believe you if you say you cannot find five minutes a day to work on this. If you cannot prioritize this activity for those five minutes, it’s either because (a) you think you’re good enough already or (b) you think you can’t learn this.

Do you think you’re good enough already?

Do you think you can’t learn this?

Both answers should be “no.” You can learn this, and you aren’t good enough yet.

The other things you want—more music, better ensemble, more solo opportunities, harder music, better scores at festival, a career in music—they will come only when you, and the people around you. decide you want to work for it.

I believe that you do want to be better than you were yesterday. Find the motivation and five minutes, and then get there.