Yesterday at church I had 2 people come up to me. Both of them thought that I was a great player and wanted to know if I would be willing to give them lessons. From time to time I will get people who will at least “ask” me for lessons. The funny part is that rarely do any of them follow up or even call. For me, I don’t mind at all teaching others who are interested in playing. What good is it to attempt to be the best you can be if you cannot help others along the way? I actually have given lessons to some who have asked. None of them have stayed with it, though (which doesn’t really surprise me). Some people will tell me that they don’t know how to read music correctly. I cannot help them there because I don’t read music at all. I am “entirely” an “ear” player, which means that I go from what I hear. Don’t get me wrong, my ear is “extremely accurate” when it comes to deciphering musical notes. Anytime I can listen to a song “once” without picking up my instrument and then be ready to play it I think that says a lot. When it comes to other musicians I will tell them ways that I think will help them “increase their hearing of music.” So many people cannot determine what bass notes or piano notes are. I try to help them to hear the music better. If you can hear music well, that will give you a “distinct advantage” over other musicians who rely more on theory. When you can develop your ear to the point where you can determine the “style” of an artist then you are at a very good level. I think I have learned that people “perceive” differently. In other words, some other person may be able to see things (or hear things) better than you. What you perceive might be totally different than what someone else does, so in order to be more accurate you have to improve your senses. Music is meant to be “heard” so naturally it makes sense to make sure your hearing is “on point.” If anyone is interested in any pointers on how to hear music, please feel free to contact me. I am more than willing to help. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Nathan Watts (Bass player for Stevie Wonder” and Brett Jolly