Being conscious of your language

19 Nov

Hi There,

Thanks for reading my blogs so far.

The majority of my posts so far have been of a technical/theoretical nature on all things guitar related.

This lesson will help you to understand that the language you use on a day to day basis in your head and out loud can have a huge impact on your progress as a musician.

Js Music School attracts clients that are motivated and dedicated individuals, so that they don’t have to be asked on a regular basis to practice. There are however, lots of other useful ways to help you improve on your practice schedules by being conscious of the language you use.

As a professional coach I’m aware of how language can have a big impact on a pupils progress, especially when they are at a young age and still absorbing a lot of new information.

If you are a guitar player, it’s just a question of starting to be more aware of what language you use on a day to day basis.

Some pupils I’ve taught in the past with low self-esteem tend to use the word ‘try’ far too much. (I was the same before I was coached out of it!) . I’m ‘trying’ to get this scale right, or I’ve been ‘trying’ to practice quite a bit this week. (instead of just working on getting the scale right or practicing quite a bit !!)

If you become more aware of this, you can start to cut out some of the language and replace it with something more constructive. Use more direct language. So If I was to say to a pupil ‘try and practice the pentatonics this week’ it has much less of an impact than ‘practice your pentatonics this week’.

Another very important phrase is that of the ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’.

When you see a band live and the guitarist let’s rip on an amazing solo, if you say to yourself ‘i’m never going to be as good as him’ that turns that thought into reality. The reason being is that you have convinced yourself before picking up the guitar that you will probably only reach a certain level of ability.

Obviously there are many other factors of becoming a great guitarist, but you can see from the above that little changes in your language patterns could prove to be very beneficial!

Many thanks for reading.

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Many thanks

James Schofield



Posted by on November 19, 2012 in Business


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2 responses to “Being conscious of your language

  1. Rich B

    November 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Great post! You must be an excellent teacher. I wish there was more of you out there teaching music.

    • jsmusicschool

      November 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks Rich – glad you liked it!


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