• Clement S. Sealy, Jr.

5 Steps To Increase Your Musical Psyche Forever

We are all aware that practicing is the road to mastery.  Practicing allow you to learn scales, chords, and even how to perfect your own technique and sound.  In order to grow, these exercises are needed. Now, what if I told you that regardless of how much time you spend practicing your craft, it will be a waste of time if you don’t have certain psychological skills?

WOW, did I just say that?  Yes.  Musicians, artists, producers, and songwriters tend to negate the psychological characteristics of their trade. The main reason is that it is not physically tangible.  There are no pads to bang on, microphones to hold, or strings to strum. However, psychological skills exist and need to be considered.

1.  Managing Your Energy

Harvard Business Review did a study on the common solutions to exhaustion and declared that time management as a cure.  As many in society, we have embraced this as the golden rule and it has failed us. Time management is a necessity in our lives but it causes us stress and fatigue.  Energy management must be incorporated into our lives.

The human bodies energy mostly comes from the mind, emotions, spirits, and the body itself. You can renew your energy easily by taking breaks between practice sessions, songwriting, or any activity that is too long. By staying organized, physically healthy incorporating mindfulness, and being good natured can assist in managing your energy.

2. Confidence

Confidence is an essential function in mastering your psychological skills. Lack of confidence can lead to writing uninspired songs, performance mistakes, competitive fear, and a lot of negatives unbuildable attempts that fail at succeeding.  

Confidence must be nurtured. It is a delicate task that needs to be properly approached.  Start by stating realistic goals maybe a song a month for songwriters, or finding a comfortable alternative to the key to sing in for the artist, moreover, a smaller crowd to perform in front of. Start small at building confidence and slowly grow.

3. Be Consistently Resilient

Resilience is defined as how one can successfully adapt to life's problems despite a disadvantage or poor conditions.  In order to succeed in life and music, you must be resilient.  It is not rare to have it all.  It is found in everyone and is developed further.  The American

Psychological Association has stated 10 concepts to build your resiliency.

i.     Make connections.

ii.    Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems.

iii.   Accept that change is part of living.

iv.   Move toward your goals.

v.   Take decisive actions.

vi.   Look for opportunities for self-discovery.

vii.   Future your positive view of yourself

viii. Keep this in perspective.

ix.   Maintain a hopeful outlook.

x.   Take care of yourself.

4. Focus

With all the noise the world is blaring, it is hard to filter what is important and what is just lost frequencies trekking the air.  It is easy to get lost in the emotion of music and energy of the experience. One would have to be able to decipher what is necessary and what will make you better.

Focus is a task that requires a quiet mind. Several different thoughts can go through your head on a moment to another. Many of those thoughts are not conducive to what you're doing and hurt your project.

A good way to keep the focus is to build the puzzle.  If you are creating a song, focus on the instrument. How does the finger placement or movement on the instrument translate to your song? In performances, many artists and musicians find themselves keeping rituals to help focus. Rituals sited by many artists is meditation before a show, staring at a person in the audience, or an object on stage to help them stay focused.  Remember, quiet the mind the best way you can and keep your thoughts on the music.

5. Preparation.

According to psychologists, mental preparation is one of the key aspects of performing under pressure.

In music, there are high-pressure situations that place intense demand for many of us. Preparation can be practiced by visualization. By picturing and walking through your process, or situation can help prepare for committing or preparing the mood to take action. Creating a routine can help you stay in a certain zone.  Whatever your mind responds to is the best way to help you enter a state of preparation.  


Psychological tips are not to replace the act of practicing music itself, however, combining the two can make you much stronger.

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