The Story Of An Unlikely Dream
To Become A Musician
The Story Of An Unlikely Dream
To Become A Musician
Will I ever get bored of all this, it's normal to hit plateaus or loose interest so do I think I will eventually stop being this obsessed? Obviously that’s not a question I can answer with any degree of certainty but I can hazard a guess and I can give reasons for my answer that are based on experience and instinct. First off I suppose I should clarify … bored with what specifically? Let’s say the following are all up for debate and the level of interest is based upon my current and historical interest to date which has been fairly consistent even if my productivity itself has increased 10-fold or probably more.
Learning to play songs
Seeking out new music and listening
Conscientious practice first. This is split and based on my organic interest I’d say that bass I will go through lulls with or may even enventually stop pushing but I hope not entirely. Guitar probably go through phases too but far less often and it won’t take much to pick up my interest again and drums almost certainly never. The reason I think I’ll stick with long, long, long term drum and (mostly) guitar study and practice is because both fascinate me in their own right and I’ve found that the more I’ve been able to do the more I can see and appreciate and use the skills I’m developing. I have a tonne of books, videos and other resources I’m just itching to get into but I’m years away from really being able to use it. As I’ve said before I’m not interested in following them from an exercise point of view (although that too will be fun) but from a conceptual point of view. The ideas in those books can be applied to standard exercises which when applied in a musical context will create new sounds. Some terrible, some interesting, some really cool. But in order to really benefit I need to be able to run through hundreds of them quickly to find the “patterns” that work and then use those to then develop ideas. That means having a skill level FAR beyond what I have now. Getting there is exciting and I can see the progress day by day now so it’s really inspiring and when I get there I’ll be in creative bliss. So I think for that reason I won’t ever get bored, this is the part that interests me most…. The creative science part of music which sounds like an contradictory phrase but it makes sense if you think about it. Art is science even though it’s approached in a different way.
Writing music. I think I’ll have times when I’m really into my writing and times when I fit it in and I suspect there will come a point when I’ll be writing an incredibly large number of songs but then I’ll begin refining more and more based on the results I get from those. There are sooooooo many ideas I want to explore and it will take me a long time to get through those and as before the more I improve technically the easier that is to do. I think there will come a point where my playing skills allow me a much greater freedom to really push ideas, my theory and scoring skills will be high enough too. But ultimately I think I will always be evolving in what I want from my writing and sometimes that will mean I pull back quite a lot and perhaps try to achieve something more specific. So writing yes and no! I think I will get bored but only after a huge push that’s a long way off.
Learning to play songs. Yes I think I will get bored because while I enjoy it it’s not my favourite part by a long way. I love to play because I like to know how it feels to play the music I love and sometimes it’s absolutely amazing, sometimes it’s really meh. It doesn’t distract from the song, I still love it, but sometimes the effort is a bit much for the result. I do want to do a lot of far more technically challenging songs but again that’s because of the songs I want to "experience" not because I specifically want to play technically challenging music so again that appeal will wear off or reduce as I go through my inspirations.
I will always enjoy playing songs but I think I’ll definitely go through phases of not doing it so much because the results can be mixed. I think I’m most likely long term to enjoy playing songs as a path to my writing and creative elements or to work on my technique than to do it purely for playing sake.
Studying. I don’t think I’ve ever not studied something, my brain likes puzzles and new information. I enjoy developing my knowledge and I like the challenges so no I’ll never get bored of studying. It’s the element I enjoy most about all this and that’s why I really enjoy practicing. A big part of my practicing is studying how I learn better and then how I can use it etc. This one’s for life I think.
Seeking out new music. Again I’ve been doing this for 40 years BUT I haven’t always been actively looking for new music in quite the same way, that's come and gone a few times. That was because other interests took over and it’s certainly plausible that I’ll be distracted from it again. It’s a passion yes but it’s not a priority in all this, I fit it in when I find a bit of time I certainly don’t make time for it. Will I get bored, no, will I possibly do it far less yes that might happen. I think it probably won’t but it definitely could.
So based on the last six years (and my natural habits over the last 40 odd years) I would say the technical side will continue to fascinate me for a very, very long time. The writing side too will be something I rarely if ever get bored of or pull away from. The playing side will come and go and I’ll always enjoy it but at times I may feel the effort outweighs the benefit but probably not for long. The studying I’ll always do in one form or another but music is such a HUGE subject I can keep changing that up and never get bored or run out of new options. The listening obsession will continue but I may well be distracted from it. I’ve had other interests that were extreme, it’s part of my makeup and ASD, but my photography, art, business, kids etc never made me feel the way this does. I enjoyed those in the present, just doing it with intensity was enough I never felt a pull in the same way I do with this. With all this I feel completely absorbed into a new world where it’s more magical than anything and I don’t want to ever leave. There's so much to explore and it's all amazing. It will never become dull or loose it’s charm because it’s charm is so big it not only stays fresh it keeps getting exponentially more amazing.
Learning Time Log
How long I've been learning as at at the end of Mar 2021.
What's This About?
One fateful day I decided to get guitar lessons. 6 years later I'm learning four instruments and trying to become a musician and songwriter. I set a five year goal (Aug 2021) to create a very special song for my 25th wedding anniversary and this is a record of my crazy journey, weird thoughts, strange doodles and unapologetic music obsession! Enjoy!