10 Rules for Musicians

Adapted from Jeanette Winterson’s 10 Rules for Writers (via Brain Pickings)


  1. Do your practising and turn up for work. Discipline and routine allows creative freedom.
  2. Don’t stop when you are stuck. You may not be able to solve the problem, but turn aside and practise something else. A shift of focus often reveals solutions.
  3. Love what you do.
  4. Rise to the challenge of the music, not other people’s expectations of what you should do and be
  5. Respect the music, but don’t revere it.
  6. Take no notice of anyone you don’t respect
  7. Don’t constantly compare yourself to others.
  8. Be ambitious for the work and not for the reward.
  9. Trust your creativity.
  10. Enjoy this work