What Makes a Great Musician?

If you are a songwriter, then you’re also a musician. By now, you know that it takes a lot to be a musician, and it takes even more to be a good one. But have you stopped to think about what’s actually important in the life of a musician? Every great musician will give you a slightly different list, but most of them will agree on the most important things. Here are a few of the most important things you can do to be a great musician and songwriter.


A musician is always listening to music. Whether you’re in the car, or working, walking from one place to another, no matter what, listen to music. Listen to music you love. Listen to music you hate. Listen to music you’ve never heard before. Listening is what makes music a part of your soul, and it’s impossible to make good music if you haven’t heard someone else do it first. It also helps you diversify your background and influence. Even if you’ll never write anything in a particular genre, listen to it anyway. It might still give you good ideas for the songs you do write.


Go out of your way to learn as much as you can about music. If you’re really serious about it, get a degree, and maybe even more, in whatever you love most about music. Even if you don’t want music to be your life, if you want it to be important, read as many books as you can. Look up things you don’t know on the internet. If you can’t find the answers to hard questions, make musician friends that can answer them. However you do it, learn as much as you can, because you’re not really a part of the world of music until you know what you’re talking about.


Write as much and as often as you can, especially if songwriting is your passion. Don’t wait for a great idea to come to you, because that might never happen, and if it does, you won’t know what to do with it. Write constantly, even if you think it’s really bad. Write anything that comes into your head, and you’ll slowly get better. Then, when a good idea comes to you, you’ll know exactly what to do with it.


A small piece of music comes from instinct. Some people are born with more of a gift than others. It’s important to understand that the lack of this gift does not mean that can’t be good. It doesn’t even prevent you from being great. It may mean that you have to work a little harder than those who were born with more of a gift than you, but you should see this as a challenge rather than weakness. No matter what you were born with, you can be as great as you want to be.


Passion is really, by far, the most important aspect of being a musician and a songwriter. You can be born with skill, and do all of the things you’re supposed to from time to time, but if you don’t love it, you’ll never get very far. On the other hand, even if you’re born with nothing, and you have trouble writing, and can’t afford to go to school, no matter what hardships you come up against, if you truly love music, you’ll become great. Passion is what makes everything work.

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