Although primarily focused on the martial art of swordsmanship, his philosophy is equally applicable to other disciplines. Musashi’s Dao, or ‘Way’, offers some invaluable lessons in discipline, the art of learning, and overcoming adversity we can adopt in our everyday lives, and certainly in our pursuit of mastery on our instrument.
Failure in our more ground-level pursuits may not threaten death, but it may certainly forever change our trajectories. Everyone sometimes has to work without a metaphorical rope.
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few.” Shunryu Suzuki It’s easy, in the beginning stages of learning any new craft or skill, for our development to ride on a wave of enthusiam as every new piece of information reveals hitherto undreamt of worlds. Opportunities seem endless, […]
As with so many things, the truest and most lasting growth comes with balance. Balancing your tutelage with free-form exploration will not only make you a more rounded musician, but it will make you unique.
There is no music without the silence, just as there is no object without the background. One gives meaning to the other. The yin and the yang.
This is the real secret of life – to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.