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Reaching Your Goals as a Musician

It’s easy to look at something worthwhile and write it down as a passing skill; however, by learning what you are not used to, you can empower your songwriting, play with a wide range of musicians, and enjoy more expensive gigs. Becoming a better musician can be a daunting task, but understanding musicians’ most common mistakes can help you reach your goals.

Take lessons when your music skills are inadequate.

There are many examples of musicians who play musical instruments well and have no teacher, but these are exceptions, and there are endless examples of musicians who are self-taught and do not reach their full potential. Skilled music teachers can teach the proper techniques, protect young musicians from bad habits, and teach players to play well in real-life situations. 

Improve your music literacy.

Reading music is a valuable skill in today’s music market. Reading music allows you to transcribe and learn parts faster. And finally, you can communicate as a musician. Learning to read music is the basis for becoming a great musician.

Accept criticism as a growing musician.

Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes musicians can make is to turn down constructive and professional criticism. They curse those who provide helpful advice and hug those who kiss their ass. They roam the globe as if they had already conquered music while at the same time having nearly zero skills and references. 

If you want to maximize and improve your potential as a musician, you need to be completely open to receiving and responding to feedback. Sure, feedback isn’t always 100% accurate, but if 99 people comment that your song is shallow and you need a singing lesson, they could be right.

Understanding the culture of the music business

One of the big mistakes that hinders a musician’s growth is that he doesn’t understand what a musician’s life really is. With the first signs of refusal, struggle, or the first signs that they are not getting exactly what they want, they bail the ship, and another person bites the dust.

Undoubtedly, the music industry isn’t for people with light skin. The tour will be canceled, the label will drop you, and the promoter will tear you apart. Everything is taken for granted. You have to be patient enough to reach the success you want. Start with social media, you need to gain more followers and for more listeners that will enjoy your music. Understanding both the pitfalls and good habits is a great way to reach your goals.