The Right Reasons
If you’re really serious about wanting to attend colleg
e for music and guitar - and then making ago at a career in music -
you’d better be doing it for the right reasons. Here
are some of thewrong reasons:1.
I want to get chicks/guys.2.
I want to be famous.3.
I want to make a lot of money.All of the above may in fact happen to you
and if they do, more power to you. But to have asustainable, lifelong relationship with music
one that continues even when the going getstough
there’d better be
more behind your desire.
For me, I simply couldn’t (and still can’t)
do music. The desire to create, to challenge yourself, to deepen your character, and to sharemusic with others is what will fuel a successful and sustainable music career, in college and
after. Do it for the right reasons for long enough, and the three “wrong reasons” above will
most likely happen on their own. Let me share my experience as a freshman at Berklee to giveyou a reality check:First semester, I met a lot of people. Second semester, more
than half of the people I’d metweren’
t there anymore. Why? They were there for the wrong reasons. From a lot of them, I gota real flakey vibe. It was as if I could hear their parents talking about them:
“Hmmm. Billy isn’t really that good at anything, and he doesn’t do too well in school. But heneeds to go to college, and he likes to play some Nirvana on the guitar…let’s send him to mu
Needless to say, it was the Billys, the ones who thought that music school was going to be all
about jamming on the guitar and playing rock star, that weren’t there second semester. They
found out that it was hard, hard work and either transfe
rred to a “normal” college, or just
dropped out. They were there for the wrong reasons.
Here’s a wake
-up call for you. Even if you go to music college and decide to major inperformance (in other words, in playing guitar) the majority of work that you do, especially forthe first two years, will
be on playing guitar. You must be willing and able to spend
of time away from the guitar learning about
aspects of music
and actually enjoy it. If you
don’t, you won’t last. I’m talking about ear tra
ining, text book music theory, music analysis,conducting, music history, arranging, solfeggio (sight singing), etc. You need to crave knowledge
about all of these things, or don’t even bother. Sound harsh? Not if you’ve got what it takes! If
hearing that news actually gets you excited to be in an environment like that, then musiccollege is probably a good fit for you. It definitely was for me.