Those of you who know me know that my current main teacher is not a musician. He, nonetheless, continues to teach me more about improvisation, life, music, and how they all go together.
Today, he repeated one of his favorite instructions to his students and it really took on a whole new level of importance in life, so I’ll share it with all of you:
“Learn to do this in a way that you will enjoy doing it.”
Here’s a hint…. Don’t get hung up on figuring out what “this” is; it could be anything. Also, don’t get hung up on what makes it enjoyable; we all know on a visceral level what we do and don’t enjoy. Just learn to do things in a manner that you will find enjoyable, in whatever way or for whatever reason, when the time comes to do them; DON’T learn to do things in a way that makes them a hassle or like work when the time comes to actually do them.