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November 25 2014

What Makes a Great Musician?

You could have two individuals, with similar musical technical ability, play in the same exact notes on a guitar and receive very different reaction from the audience. You can also have musicians who train day in and day out and become extremely good at technically manipulating their instrument but when you hear them play, they hardly evoke any emotional reaction in the audience. On the other hand, you will find the other kind of musicians, who may be technically good or otherwise not, but their delivery always triggers a palpable emotional reaction inside their audience. So what is the element that makes the difference? violinist

Maybe we could begin to answer that by using it with these questions. Will the great musician absolutely need an instrument to become one? Or, to phrase it one other way, does the instrument have anything to do in developing a great musician? The reply is, as you might have guessed, not really. The instrument is purely incidental, in fact, an excellent musician can merely whistle and get a favorable audience reaction. Why? because they are born with the internal familiarity with the universal language of music, also referred to as, the gift of music. The possessing that knowledge or talent is the critical difference between the truly amazing musician versus the instrumental player. The great musician usually has a definite connection with the musical language within themselves, making it easy for them to express it. To the extent they can tap into that energy the higher they can reach the audience. The not too great musician, however, has a blurred connection, whenever. You can play your instrument until you drop dead, in the event the notes are not linked to your internal language of music you are merely playing notes, not music. nadir khashimov

The unfortunate difference between the language of music and any other language is that, you cannot learn it. In case you are born with it, you can learn how to better tap into it, if you are not born by using it however, you might also take up Spanish. For anyone born with it, practicing your music should involve great awareness of the connection of yourself to the language of music around the time spent along with your instrument developing your technique. By that I mean, in order to tap into the energy of music easily, you will need to spend a great deal of time handling your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health instead of just concentrating on your instrument. Ultimately, it is your usefulness, in terms of inspiring and touching your audience which makes you a great musician.

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