Monday, November 20, 2006

Realistic Expectations

I've seen plenty of bands get burned out for one reason or another. Whether it be substance abuse, internal fighting or legal problems, it is normally pretty ugly. However, sometimes a band will get burned out on something else - the desire to be perfect.

Nobody's perfect. No matter what you think, there is always someone better than you. Unless you are [insert favorite guitar player here], then there is always someone better. There probably is some kid right now in Madagascar that no one has ever heard of who is just shredding.

What I am getting at is this. While I believe bands should always strive to become better, and never get stale, I think sometimes you have to take it easy. I know one musician who is extremely talented at what he does. However, it takes him a month to learn a new song, because he has to have every little detail perfect.

Don't get bogged down in the minutia. Strive to be the best you can be, but don't let your perfectionism hold you back. Play the music, and as you progress you can improve upon your parts. This will make you more successful and productive. Something that every musician should desire.


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