Piano Lessons In Tulsa | Setting Musical Goals

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This edition of the Curtis music Academy podcast, we’re talking about setting musical goals and how important that is. It’s important to set musical goals. It’s important to know what your goals are when it comes to music. It’s important to know what you’re shooting for, what you’re aiming for. And so if you don’t know how to set a goal, you know you won’t know how to reach a goal. And so we want to set and reach goals. And to do that, first we have to set them. So without further ado, my name is Steven Cornetto. I am in love with music and I love teaching and it is one of the joys of my life. I’ve been an instructor for six years and I’ve loved every single minute of it. I’m, you know, four years from now it’ll be 10 years. 


I’ve also been a worship leader for 10 years. I’ve been a part of church bands for 10 years. I’ve been around music for 23 years. And so music has had a profound and important effect on my life. It’s been my life. And so I owe a lot of my, you know, effectiveness in music or my knowledge of music to my childhood and my piano lessons in Tulsa learned through church and worship bands and just worship, leading, you know, worship leading for 10 years. It’s been great. And so music has been a huge teacher in my life and I just want to help you as well. 


So today we’re talking about setting musical goals. It’s very important to set a musical goal and without it you won’t reach it. It’s like the analogy that I love, you will never actually shoot 100% of the shots that you don’t take. You will miss 100% of the shots that you don’t take. And so just we got to try, you know, we got to start somewhere and it’s okay if it’s not perfect. However, perfection is not the goal, but I think the experience, the learning, the journey is the goal, the journey and enjoying the journey is very, very important in piano lessons in Tulsa. So here we go. Setting musical goals, the importance. 


We could talk about the importance of setting musical goals in piano lessons Tulsa, how important it is to set musical goals. We could say how to set musical goals. And I think to have an effective podcast, I think you got to have something to apply. So let’s talk about how to set musical goals. How do you set a goal, not only musical goals, but a goal? Any goal? A fitness goal. I’m a reading goal. How about a weight loss goal? A driving goal. A financial goal to set a goal means to set a target, to set a land, a milestone, right? The goal, this is like, the goal is the, it’s like in football or sports, you know, you know, you hit the goal in piano lessons in Tulsa. Why? 


Because it hit, it went through the line. There was a line, there was a Mark on the ground that said, once you crossed this, you earned six points. Once you crossed this, you earned one point. When you shoot this in a net, when you’ve crossed this line, when you make it through this hoop, you’ve made three points, two points. One point. However many points, right? You’ve earned it. So usually goals there can be many goals in piano lessons in Tulsa. Goal is the concept. So you can have longterm goals, short term goals, you know, I think I like to think of this as we want to a longterm goal. We want one longterm goal and that will never change. However, the way by which we reach that longterm goal will kind of change due to circumstances due to other things. But understand that the longterm goal never changes in piano lessons in Tulsa. 


So with guitar, if my longterm goal is to be a skilled rock musician, then I will first like every thing you need to break down that longterm goal into smaller goals or smile milestones. I like to call them. You know, when we’re running a race, the goal is to finish the line. That goal never changes. The goal is to cross the finish line and that goal will never change. Maybe the path might change. Maybe you might take a path over a mountain. You know, say you’re running a hundred mile race, that’s a long race. I think Forrest Gump but say you’re running, you know, a 100 mile race, well over the course of a hundred miles, it’s kind of hard to just go in a straight line, especially if there is no road, but you’re gonna experience much variety in the terrain. 


And so what that looks like in guitar is, you know, saying your goal is to become an effective and skilled rock musician or maybe army blues, jazz guitar, musician, and the road to get there might not be just a straight shot in piano lessons in Tulsa. You know, you might learn us a jazz song, a rock song, you know, you might do a gig with someone who, that’s also a lesson by the way, you might do a gig with someone who’s in the, in rock music, you might just get to play one lead line or you know, you’re learning to, you’re learning all the fundamentals, right? Scales, triads, intervals, jeez, the Nashville number system. And then from there you kind of go into more of the genre, you know, rock music, Stevie, Ray Vaughan, all these other guys, you know, and there’s lots of variety. 


What I’m saying is the path was gonna is not always going to be straight and so to have to make sure that you know that you’re still on the path and that you’re still making progress. You want to create milestones. So the first milestone could be learn basic guitar knowledge and define what that basic guitar knowledge is. Is it the G major scale, the Nashville number, system intervals and scales in general. String theory, you know, define what that first milestone looks like. Sounds like, envision that. And then the second milestone, Hey, I can play one song all the way through without looking at sheet music in piano lessons inTulsa. The third milestone to get there.


 I can accompany a friend, I can do a solo while my friend plays guitar and when he gives me, I’m one minute to do a solo. I can do it with ease. You know, those are the little milestones. Knowing and telling you, Hey, you are progressing here. Keep going. You’re going, you’re on the right track. You’re not going backwards. You’re on the right path. Just keep following, keep going forward. That is what the milestones do. That is what these small goals do. And so these small goals, it takes small goals to reach big goals, not vice versa. You’ve got to reach the little things you’ve got to take and apply the little things to get big things. And this is a concept of breaking down, and this is actually something I will talk about in a future podcast, but it’s about how, you know, breaking things down. I think having goals and achieving goals has all to do with focus, intentionality.


Perseverance because things get hard and you want to keep going. Well, I focus because it takes focus to do anything. If you’re going to finish anything, you’ve got to have focus. You gotta be laser focused. Why? Because now there’s so many distractions in today’s world that if you don’t, you’re going to be off on. Lord knows what. This happens to me often and it’s something I’m trying to get ahold of right now, trying to increase my ability to focus. You know, we’ve got to go back to these really simple principles because these simple principles have all to do with the why. We have the problems we have or why we don’t have the problems we have. Remember that problems yield to principles and so, you know, if we can correct kind of the principles, then we can correct the problems. If we have problems in our learning problems, reaching goals, it really must have all to do with maybe the principles that we are or aren’t applying. Okay.