Empathy and execution

“Walk a mile in my shoes and then you’ll understand me”, it is said.

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This quote has lasted the test of time because it brilliantly sums up the concept of empathy.

Many successful musicians are where they are because they can figure out what an audience wants and then can deliver it. Empathy and execution.

What’s often forgotten though is musical empathy for the others in the band – i.e. what can I play (or not play) now that the others in the band would like to hear? How can I make the band sound better?

 

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