Again it’s raining, but my thoughts are on music now.
I’ve been playing guitar and singing all day. My fingers are numb. My vocal cords are shot. I am so freakin’ happy.
In class today, something clicked: I burst out of a musical plateau I’d been in for years. I’ve still got a long way to go with where I want to be with music theory, but I definitely leveled-up my vocal ability today, and all just because I changed my perspective on singing a little bit. Instead of focusing on hitting individual notes accurately, I turned my attention to accentuating musical phrasing and BAM! All of a sudden, I was getting a richer tambre, more dynamics, more overall power. It is truly amazing what a shift in perspective will yield.
I also got invited to my first jam in ages and, while I mostly shied away from the proverbial spotlight, I could feel how much I was learning by focusing on matching pitches, improvising, and playing with chord shapes up and down the neck. It is incredibly beneficial to play with others; it just takes courage and a certain level of confidence, which I am slowly cultivating…
I feel very hopeful and inspired. But with that, it’s time for bed.
Goodnight, world, and goodnight fellow musicians. Keep doing the thing—you’re making the world a better place! ❤