As a musician–a creator of sounds–it can be difficult to understand the concept that music is mostly about listening, not creating.
It’s about listening for just the right amount of silence between notes. Listening for the sounds that give you cues how to act next, and how to hone your performance.
The skill of listening is what separates the great musicians from the mediocre ones.
Becoming known as a listener will help you score gigs as a session musician and will greatly enhance your own musical mastery.
Here are four scenarios where listening can greatly affect your performance.
Listening To Other Musicians
The greatest factor to playing well with other musicians is each musician’s inherent ability to listen to each other.
Listening is an amazing tool. It will let you know when a drummer wants to end a song, or when a guitar player is stepping down to finish a solo. Listening gives you the foresight to step in and play when another musician needs help.
Listening To Your Audience