5 Qualities of Great Musicians

3. Great Musicians Are Immersed

Have you ever watched a great musician? It’s not just what comes out of their fingers or their voice that is entertaining. It’s watching their entire body become immersed in the experience. Matter of fact, that is what makes their music even more powerful. They are fully present, feeling the music flow through their entire body.

Sure—this can look weird. But you must understand that music performance is hardly just about your fingers or your voice. It’s about immersing yourself in the music. You have to forget about what you look like, lose the self-consciousness and be expressive. Trust me, it will make a difference.

4. Great Musicians Are Intentional About Practice

Practice for a great musician is very intentional. Over time, they develop a sense about what needs practicing and how to practice it most effectively. It’s not just about “putting in the time” and playing through songs. It’s about distilling difficult passages down to their core and repeating them until it becomes second nature. It’s about showing up even though you don’t feel like it.

5. Great Musicians Are Intentional About Joy

Whenever music becomes boring, or a chore, or anything other than a gift of joy, it loses its meaning. Great musicians keep this front and center because they know their best music will come from a place of joy.

The moment you stop loving the creation of music is the moment you lose your effectiveness.