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Jason Raso

I really like my playing, sometimes.

Happy New Year!

In my last post I mentioned that one of my resolutions was to be more positive about my playing. This is going to be tough for me. I tend to be hard on myself and have a “never good enough” approach to my playing.

The truth is that I really like my playing…sometimes. I like to think my playing is a mix of my favourite musicians with my own discoveries. In my mind it’s a great mix. In my mind. Unfortunately, my hands don’t always cooperate.

Consistency is another area that needs improvement. For me, inconsistency breeds negativity. I get down on my playing and it keeps me from moving forward. Even when I’m playing well I feel it could have (should have) been better.

The good news is that I enjoy practicing, working on new concepts and writing. I just need to remind myself that some things will take longer to show up in my playing than other things and if I stick with it I will improve. I need to stay positive and enjoy the journey.

How do you stay positive about your playing?


One Response to “I really like my playing, sometimes.”

  1. Tom Nagy Says:

    So true, Jason! I find that, like many musicians, I in retrospect focus on any mistakes or poor groove that may have happened during a gig, overlooking all of the good stuff that happened. I got some good advice a little while back, though: if possible, don’t listen back to recordings of yourself until a few months have passed. That gives you the detachment you need to listen to yourself more objectively. With some recordings I still cringe, but with others, I find myself thinking “Hey, that guy’s not bad”.

    I find it to be a big motivator to listen to practice or live recordings of mine from some years ago. Where it’s mediocre, I think “Wow, I’ve gotten better… that’s what practice does!”, and where it’s good I think “I’ve gotta keep up my game!”

    And like you say, it’s all about the journey. In our own minds, we’re never going to hit that mirage of a destination, so there’s no point in obsessing over it. Just use it as a guide-post to set a direction, and look back every now and again to see how far you’ve come and whether you should pick a different mirage.

    And keep it up, man – you sound great!

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