by Linda Ratcliff
To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time
itself, incredible and inconceivable. – Aaron Copeland
How to Stop Stopping
- You didn’t understand what those tabs meant – so you gave up.
- You can’t figure out how to tune your dulcimer – so you gave up.
- Your hammered dulcimer goes out of tune too often – so you gave up.
- You went to a jam session but couldn’t keep up – so you gave up.
- You tried to play a solo for your friends but froze – so you gave up.
If at least one of these “excuses” struck a chord in your heart, you gave up too soon. You may have called it in, packed it up and headed home – but it doesn’t have to be the end.
- If you get laughed at – join everyone in laughing too.
- If you strum some wrong notes – shake it off and keep strumming.
- If your instrument sounds weird – try tuning.
- If you can’t keep up – keep playing anyway. You’ll catch up.
- If you freeze – thaw out and try starting over again.
- No matter what – keep on keepin’ on with your jamming.
Be relentless. Pull out all the stops. Go all out. You can do it. I KNOW you can.