The best advice I ever got was, “Keep it simple”.
Here are a few other tips I picked up over the years.
- Practice does not make perfect. Practice makes familiar.
- If you wait until you are good enough you never will be.
- You are not the only musician in your neighborhood.
- A skill is never mastered until it you can use it in a jam session.
- If doesn’t matter if you succeed or fail on your first try. Get up and do it again and again and again.
- Memorization will always let you down.
- Never attend a workshop or camp that includes a concert.
- Don’t wait for a specific type of opportunity. There will be no better time than here and now.
- Teaching is the best way to learn.
- A good jam session is open to any genre of music played on any instrument. The best jam I was ever in included Dobro, musical saw, five-string banjo, tenor banjo and trombone. We played House of the Rising Sun and Saint James Infirmary Blues. It was better than ten baskets of kick-ass and honeydew melons.