• Mind Your Mind 301: Garbage In, Garbage Out

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    Make no mistakes about it, “garbage in, garbage out” is much more than a phrase.

    It’s a principle that explains how the mind works and many people who have understood this principle have tested and trusted it.

    Believe it or not, any principle that controls your mind controls you and that’s why you must take what you’re about to read seriously because it will affect what you pay attention to, who you learn from, and ultimately change you for the better.

    A Note On The Power Of The Mind

    The mind is one of the greatest tool for humanity.

    The mind is “the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought.”

    Although your mind is a very powerful tool, its power is directly proportional to what it is exposed to and the quality and quantity of information that it is fed with.

    The mind of a classical musician is exposed to tonal harmony, counterpoint, fugue, analysis and analytical methods, historiography, etc., and in addition to that, his/her mind is also exposed to the art of sight reading.

    Conversely, another musician who plays by the ear starts out with so much emphasis on ear-training, and graduates to possess the ability to identify notes, scales, intervals, chord progressions, and ultimately gets to the point where he can play songs.

    Submission: I’m aware that there are musicians who belong to both categories. However, I just want to make a point.

    If both musicians eventually meet, they will never approach things the same way. Each of them will function based on what they’ve fed their minds with.

    “This is also true for musicians who play American popular music…”

    Let’s say there’s musicians A and B, and they live in different parts of the world, maybe the US and Nigeria.

    • Musicians A listens to jazz music and musicians, and has invested in jazz training seminars, workshops, DVD courses etc., invested 6 to 8 hours daily on warm-up exercises, practice, and intensive jazz study.
    • Musician B [on the other hand] loves gospel piano, and can spend hours listening to gospel greats and learning their signatures, and has also invested money in purchasing gospel piano resources and invested hours in learning tons of gospel songs.

    You’ll agree with me that musicians A and B will have different approaches to an idea (maybe in terms of playing a song.) Both musicians [for all they’ve fed their minds with] can never be the same.

    The difference in their respective approaches to music is not geographical; it’s mental. Believe it or not, it’s not about the color of your skin, your location or vocation; it’s about the content of your mind (which is directly proportional to what it’s exposed to.)

    GIGO: “Garbage In, Garbage Out”

    The computer was designed to function like the human mind, consequently, I’ll use the computer to further illustrate how the mind works in this study.

    You can’t input the wrong figures and get a right answer in a computer.

    For example, if your intention is to find out the product of 3 and 4, and you end up making an input for the product of 3 and 5, you’ll not get the right answer.

    • The product of 3 and 4 is 12
    • The product of 3 and 5 is 15

    The computer gives you an output based on your input and not based on what your original intention is.

    The computer believes that your input should be influenced by your intention, consequently, if you input the wrong command, it is assumed that that is your intention and you’ll get the wrong result.

    This is exactly how the human mind works. After feeding your mind with the wrong things, it is not possible to have it make a right output. Here’s an excerpt from the bible:

    “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. Matthew 12:35 (New Living Translation)

    …that describes how the mind works.

    Here are a few direct questions for you…

    • Do you want to be a great classical pianist with a virtuoso technique?
    • Do you want to be a powerful jazz pianist known for creative improvisations?
    • Do you want to be a cutting-edge gospel pianist of international renown?
    • Do you want to be a successful music producer who tops the chart?
    • Do you want to be an innovative music educator who influences up and coming musicians?
    • Do you want to be a seasoned songwriter who creates memorable melodies and captivating lyrics?

    If your answer to any of the questions above is yes, then you need to feed your mind with the right kind of information that can make you that great classical pianist, powerful jazz pianist, cutting-edge gospel pianist, successful music producer, or seasoned songwriter.

    Final Words

    Now that you’ve seen that your mind gives back to you what you expose it to, endeavor to surround yourself with the right resource that feeds your mind on daily, weekly, monthly, and annual basis.

    Here in HearandPlay.com, we believe that the right information leads to transformation.

    That’s why Jermaine Griggs and every member of the HearandPlay team invests so much time into learning and doing the best we can to present you with well tested and proven strategies that will bring about this transformation.

    Although we are living in the age of information, there’s also a lot of garbage online and offline and if you let the garbage in, you’ll certainly garbage out when it’s time.


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    Hello, I'm Chuku Onyemachi (aka - "Dr. Pokey") - a musicologist, pianist, author, clinician and Nigerian. Inspired by my role model Jermaine Griggs, I started teaching musicians in my neighborhood in April 2005. Today, I'm privileged to work as the head of education, music consultant, and chief content creator with HearandPlay Music Group sharing my wealth of knowledge with hundreds of thousands of musicians across the world.

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