• Top Secret: The 4 Cs Of Being A Complete Musician This Year And Beyond

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    There are 4 Cs of being a complete musician and every serious musician must know these Cs.

    I believe you’re a serious musician and that’s why you’re interested in learning about these 4 Cs. Just in case you’re NOT interested in being a complete musician — maybe because you already into a different career — these Cs are still be applicable.

    Here are the 4 Cs of being a complete musician:





    Although, being a complete musician can go beyond these four things, any musician who has got these 4 Cs covered is complete for the most part.

    This lesson has two important segments: what you have to be [1], and what you need to have [2] and if you give me your undivided attention, and in the next 7 minutes or so, I’ll be taking you by the hand and walking you through these 4 Cs.

    Are you ready?! Alright!

    “You Have To Be…”

    “To be a complete musician, you REALLY “have to be” a complete musician.”  [Jermaine Griggs]

    Kindly take a look at these two phrases:

    1. You “have to be” competent
    2. You “have to be” consistent

    …you can go ahead and add “to be a complete musician” to each of them to give you these two sentences:

    1. You “have to be” competent to be a complete musician.
    2. You “have to be” consistent to be a complete musician.

    Now, let’s take a closer look at competence and consistency.

    You “have to be” Competent

    Any musician who has global mindset is usually particular about competence.

    There are top brands and companies who do NOT employ people based on their certificate but based on their competence.

    The importance of training an qualification in a particular aspect of music cannot be over-emphasized. Getting a diploma, bachelors, masters, or Ph.D in any of the fields below:

    • Performance
    • Composition
    • History
    • Technology
    • Therapy
    • Production
    • Promotion

    …is very important: again, IT’S VERY IMPORTANT.

    But beyond the qualifications, the ability to excellently deliver and surpass the expectations of your employer, audience, customers, etc., comes before anything else.

    Any musician who wants to go far with his/her craft must desire to be locally and globally competent especially in this ICT age where the world is globally integrating into one virtual village.

    You “have to be” Consistent

    “The only constant thing in life is change” they say.

    In the dynamic world of today where things are constantly changing, it’s only natural for people to change from time to time in a bid to adjust and fit in.

    It’s common to find someone playing the piano today and the trombone the following month, then singing in the next six months, and back to the piano after 6-10 months.

    “Don’t get me wrong! I’m not saying you can’t be a jack of all trades and master ’em all. Sure you can!”

    After a period of ten years, you’ll see that time has been invested wrongly into a whole lot of things; distractions, etc., and when you look at someone who’s just put in 3-4 years consistently, you’ll see the domino effect of consistency (put in over time) paying off.

    Attention: There’s an African proverb that says “after the race, we count the miles”. It is of the greatest possible importance for you to be at your best consistently because consistency pays off.

    There’s another side to consistency. Think about this:

    After putting in some years (maybe decades) doing music, some throw in the towel, others fall by the way side. But at the end of the day, those who will have a rewarding career and most importantly a completely harnessed potential, are those who were consistent through it all.

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    “You Need To Have…”

    “There are key things you REALLY “need to have” if you want to be a complete musician”

    Every musician needs moral (character) and financial (cash) capital and it’s so sad to know that a vast majority of musicians don’t really pay attention to character and cash.

    Having cash and character in the right proportion can save you a fraction of the time between where you are today and where you’ll be tomorrow in your journey to greatness.

    I’ll tell you more about your moral and financial capital as we proceed.

    Final Words

    If you’ve always wanted to be a complete musician, you know exactly what to do and the areas to work on.

    We’re just getting started. Please, look forward to the second volume of this subject where we’ll talk about the character edge, competence edge, cash edge, and consistency edge.

    Also make use of the comment box below to post your questions, suggestions, and contributions.

    Thank you for your time.

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    Onyemachi "Onye" Chuku is a Nigerian musicologist, pianist, and author. Inspired by his role model (Jermaine Griggs) who has become his mentor, what he started off as teaching musicians in his Aba-Nigeria neighborhood in April 2005 eventually morphed into an international career that has helped hundreds of thousands of musicians all around the world. Onye lives in Dubai and is currently the Head of Education at HearandPlay Music Group and the music consultant of the Gospel Music Training Center, all in California, USA.

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