If you’ve watched FiddleHed videos on Youtube or this site, you may have heard me say “Listening is practice too” a few hundred times by now.
It may annoy you to hear that over and over. But it’s such an important point, I think it should be put more strongly: 86% of being a musician is listening.
As you can see, there is a pie chart, so you know I’ve used SCIENCE and MATH in order to make this bold statement of universal truth.
I’m going to do a series of articles on How To Practice Listening. Each one will present you with an actionable technique that you can immediately practice to heighten your your perception of listening.
Here’s the first exercise:
Listen to what’s happening around you right now. If you have music playing, pause it for this exercise. Notice all the things you hear. Are some sounds constant? Which sounds are coming and going? I call this a “Symphony of Place”. Like, “Symphony of laying on the couch on saturday morning” or “Symphony of driving in rush hour traffic on Friday afternoon.”
If possible, write down everything you hear. Do you feel any emotion related to the sounds you hear? What ideas, memories or plans come to mind? In this way you practice listening to the external place as well as your internal place. Experiment with this a little every day.
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