The more musicians I speak to about practice in preparation for the new book, the more I’m reminded how extremely important listening is to one’s music. In fact, there’s some evidence in published research that all this time spent listening gives us musicians more ability to pull sound out of noisy environments (link to study). And an ability to pull meaning/emotion out of speech (I’m still looking for the study…).
Anyway, here’s Julian Treasure reminding us how important listening is in general, and gives us 5 suggestions to listen better. It’s a short talk and a good reminder to be grateful for the ability to hear, and to listen, mostly to each other, but these thoughts can be applied to music, too. Hope you enjoy it.
Want to learn more about the best ways to practice? Get an e-mail with a discount code when The Practice of Practice by Jonathan Harnum is published (June, 2014). To learn more about the book, check out a sample from The Practice of Practice.
- Deaf musician Evelyn Glennie: How to Listen to Music With Your Whole Body
- How Not To Write About Female Musicians: A Handy Guide (blogs.villagevoice.com)
- Proactive Listening – Julian Treasure Demonstrates How to Improve Retaining What We Hear (TrendHunter.com) (trendhunter.com)