There is an old adage that says “practice makes perfect,” and every musician—from novice to experienced—knows very well that this is true. But there are other things you should be doing as a Denver musician if you want to improve your skills.
#1—Play Every Day
Playing your instrument every day for an hour or an hour and a half is a lot better than trying to cram a week’s worth of practice into a couple of days. It just makes sense to get your hands on your instrument if you want to get better. Even if you are a musician solely for the creative outlet it provides, there is no substitute for organized practice. Just as your muscles begin to atrophy when you don’t use them, your muscle memory for playing your instrument will start to deteriorate if you neglect it.
If you are someone who is looking to make music your career, you’ve got to treat it like a job—and that includes showing up for work. Musicians who show up for practice once or twice a week and play at gigs are not putting in the amount of time needed if they want to make music their career.
If you want to break into the music industry
bad enough, you need to make the time and take the energy to get things done. This includes things like looking for new promoters, finding new venues, writing new material, and executing a good marketing strategy for the band. If you’re smart about it, you should start seeing results. After all, you reap what you sow.
The music industry is a fast-paced business. And if you leave someone hanging, you could miss out on an opportunity, so be sure to stay on top of emails, phone calls, and texts. If you are the kind of person who is slow to respond to communicate, you will probably have a tougher time making a go of things in this business.
#3—Listen to Music With a Critical Ear
This goes deeper than just turning up the jams while you in your car. This is deep, critical listening of music. There is a lot to be gained from this practice. And for starters, it’s fun! There is something incredibly enjoyable about listening to good music and good musicians.
Other benefits of listening to other artists include the inspiration it can provide. Perhaps you hear a chord or a lyric that gets you inspired and out of a rut. Maybe you hear a funky sound that you want to try to learn. The bottom line is that learning by listening will help in the development of your musical ear.
Soundstructure Is the Place for Denver Musicians
Soundstructure Studios has been around since 1993 at its Denver location, providing Denver musicians with a great space to practice in our sound-isolation rooms. Improve your craft with regular practice. Give us a call to find out more about the benefits of having your band rehearse in our studios. We welcome you to contact us