10 Tips

The best advice I ever got was, “Keep it simple”.

Here are a few other tips I picked up over the years.

  1. Practice does not make perfect. Practice makes familiar.
  2. If you wait until you are good enough you never will be.
  3. You are not the only musician in your neighborhood.
  4. A skill is never mastered until it you can use it in a jam session.
  5. If doesn’t matter if you succeed or fail on your first try. Get up and do it again and again and again.
  6. Memorization will always let you down.
  7. Never attend a workshop or camp that includes a concert.
  8. Don’t wait for a specific type of opportunity. There will be no better time than here and now.
  9. Teaching is the best way to learn.
  10. 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.