Master and apprentice

During my Creative + Practice course with Lisa Sonora Beam she shared with us:

Ralph Waldo Emerson has some words of wisdom for all of us who are stretching outside of our comfort zone: “Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered you will never grow.”
The whole need to stay with what we “know”, and what is known, and the desire to be masterful before we’ve even apprenticed ourselves to the work, is something helpful to look at in your creative practice.

This was a major lightbulb moment for me. I expect to be about to master something within about three months, otherwise I get disheartened, really so. Who do I think I am? That I am that amazing that I will never have to be the apprentice?

Traditional apprenticeships were YEARS long, then you were a journeyman and then you had to do your ‘masterpiece’ before you were considered a master.

I started sketching/drawing a year ago and it is hard going, so it taking up the flute again. I struggle and I put a lot of effort in.

The thing is, due to the power of the internet I can compare my drawings of one year’s practice (and sporadic at that) to those who have been doing it for YEARS and not even know that they have been doing it for years for hours a day.

In the past we would have just seen other apprentice’s work, who were on the same level as us. We would have looked up to journeymen and masters, but we would have been inspired by them, knowing that if we put in the years of hard work we might get there too.

We wouldn’t have seen master’s work and compared ours to it and then think how rubbish we were that we were not here yet.

It’s different with band – I know the firsts and soloists are grade 8 and to get their grade 8 they will have done HOURS of practice. That is not so apparent on the internet.

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