Updated: Mar 15, 2022
Now that I have your attention, an alternative title would be:
How to Feel Musically Confident in Any Situation, and Why You Sometimes Don't
Singers are not stupid. But instrumentalists often think singers are musically stupid. Singers often think singers are musically stupid. But it's not an issue of musical intelligence, it's a issue of learning to listen to music in a way that is empowering. Even if you are musically literate, you probably won't feel musically confident (singing as a melody instrument in an ensemble situation) unless you're listening "smart".
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You can have the best hearing in the world, but if you can’t make sense of what you’re hearing, it doesn’t matter. The fact that I can’t speak Spanish doesn’t mean that I’m stupid, it means that when I hear Spanish my brain can’t make sense of what I’m hearing. Because I never learned to speak Spanish.