Musical Growth – Not Exactly Your Comfort Zone
Why do we resist our musical growth?
When it comes to our progress and development, actual musical growth does seem to begin at the end of your comfort zone. And I have to admit, as the heading says, not a truer phrase has been written that describes my music ventures over the last 25 years.
I’m not quite sure how many times my challenge barometer thinks I should be “reborn” with a new “growth life”, but since forming Steve Nicel Music I feel like I’m putting myself in the hot zone more often and taking on challenges that appear a little bigger than one person could handle.
To give an example. Recently I played a small jazz gig on Bass at the Wangaratta Performing Arts Cafe. It was good fun, but essentially was pushing my internal comfort level for playing unfamiliar tunes with unfamiliar musicians off a lead sheet. It was interesting, and perhaps at times even a little “migraine inducing”. But I got through it and as hindsight proves time and again, my instrument skill set grew a little more than the day previous. Funny that!
So It seems that by my core nature, I’m not completely satisfied unless I constantly challenge myself. Pushing through personal barriers and as if unwittingly strolling into that uncomfortable zone knowing the chance of failure is there. But forging ahead anyway.
It’s a great reminder that I could stay in the comfort zone of my studio and practice some more chord linking phrases, or get out and play live and work on a different but equally important kind of musical growth. An interesting but rewarding conundrum I guess.
What do you think?
Are you always looking for new ways to challenge yourself? Or like me, do you resist stepping out into the unknown even though you know that’s where the gold is?
Post a comment and let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear them..
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