It’s actually really simple. Stupid simple.
That’s what drives me crazy about life. The answers are all right there, right in front of us.
But we can’t see them.
Were too worried, paranoid, sad, disappointed, guilty, fearful, and afraid to die to notice them.
Or maybe that’s just me?
But there are little tricks… ways of escaping the corners life wants to box us into.
Most of them have to do with altering the way we see things. Changing our approach.
That’s what this little secret is all about.
It was taught to me by the legendary Tommy Gryce back in my days at arts high. He said to me…
“Leave your horn out.”
That’s it. That’s what he said to me. I don’t even play a horn. I was playing an upright bass at the time.
But what he was saying was universal to any instrument. If you want to get better, don’t ever put it away. It’s that simple.
It makes sense. When you leave your instrument in its case, or under the bed, or in the closet, there are too many barriers between you and the instrument. Playing becomes a special occasion. A rare treat, for when you have time.
You could just open the closet and take it out of the case when you want to play it. But you won’t. There are just too many mental steps. It’s a psychological thing, not a physical one.
Keith slept with his guitar. That’s a guy who knows how it’s done. Speaking of the greats, what about Miles? He said could tell about a player just by the way he picked up his instrument—just by his approach. What better way to improve your connection with your instrument than by making it more approachable?
Keep it on a stand in the corner. Hang it on the wall. Put it in the room where you spend the most time.
Leave your horn out. It’s worked for me, and I hope it works for you too.