At the universities I teach at, I get to see the development of a student over the course of three or four years. Here’s a recurring pattern I’ve noticed:
A student will undertake a project that’s very challenging. For example, they might learn a huge transcription, or write a seven minute solo guitar piece that heavily features harmonics, or they might call a musician they’re in awe of for a series of gigs, and so on. The interesting thing is that after successfully tackling one really challenging project, their overall musicianship improves in many ways. They seem to take a huge leap forward.
So, if you want to move everything along, instead of thinking about ALL the many things that you need to do, start thinking, instead, about doing one really challenging thing.
Make it a good one.
If you’ve experienced such a leap, please share what you did below. I’d love to hear about it.