Essential Secrets 99: Ignore Negative Criticism
Ignore Negative Criticism
Dismissing People Who Don't Care About You
No one ever achieved greatness without dismissing the glaring criticism of others. And, there will always be criticism. You must develop a thick skin about your bass playing and learn to focus on your own internal process of practicing and improving.
Here is a guideline: You should only heed advice from people who have your best interests at heart.
Generally speaking, there are only two people whose criticism you must always listen to: (1) you and (2) your bass teacher. You need to be extremely focused in the practice room, quickly noticing issues and developing solutions to propel your playing ever upward. And, expect criticism from your teacher (you actually pay for it!) and follow their advice. Your teacher definitely wants you to excel. Accept the criticism you receive at lessons and take your teacher’s suggestions back to the practice room so you can improve.
Criticism from other musicians and reviewers is often the most difficult to hear, but you must bear in mind that these people seldom care about your personal success or your musical growth.
Other bass players who criticize you are probably doing so based on their own insecurities and feelings of jealousy. Seldom do other musicians say something negative to help you improve. And, you can never take seriously the words of critics in their reviews. They feel obligated to say something negative even if they feel the performance was terrific. Their job is to criticize.
Your job is to practice the bass every day and stick to the path you know is working for you. If you’re always worried about what other people think of your performances, you’ll lose the confidence to push forward. And, you’ll eat up enormous amounts of time that could be better spent playing the bass.
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