From my teacher, thru me, to you

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.

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Comments

We play music. Enough said.

so.... just explain to me how hard work fits into this saying. I assume it's their, I just can't see it.

I think it's great to figure out what 'this' is. and I think of the saying no pain no gain which I believe in. Maybe it's all there?

I'm re-reading this, and I'm getting a totally different meaning. I think it's a good idea to come back to this a few times and read it again and again.

If hard work is what you enjoy, then that is how you should approach it. Speaking from a personal perspective, that is one element that I definitely am drawn to about playing music. I like the applying my persistence and dedication to a pursuit of this nature and I get a lot of joy from the entirely personal expression that results.

Bottom line, if you are doing something in a way that your are not enjoying, then it won't be an accurate expression of you. That may be fine if you are building bridges or making widgets in a factory. If you are learning to play music or, as in the case of my teacher, developing a personal asana practice, then it really won't be successful. It certainly won't be epic and stand the test of time over the long haul.

Great advice! To me (right now) “this/it” means recording.