To collaborate with people is sometimes quite a scary prospect. One is revealed in all of their glory and their downfalls. Yet this is why it is such a valuable process.
The process of a shared practice gives you the opportunity to emotionally involve yourself in your growth. You become motivated to be better, and you grow (simply by the process of assimilation).
EVEN if you are a guitar player, for instance, jamming with a piano player: You will learn about the piano players process, musical knowledge, repertoire, strengths, shortcomings, the list goes on… This knowledge that you have gathered through shared practice is actionable and invaluable to you a person, and as an artist. This analogy is applies to every walk of life.
Just make sure that you are either doing this in your leisure time, OR that it is directly contributing to your primary goal/purpose. Otherwise you may find yourself learning about the bassoon while you’re trying to get your rock album down… that could be a waste of time.
Be willing to suck. You won’t suck for long.
“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” —Henry Ford
Also… couldn’t leave this out:
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” —Isaac Newton
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Photography by Pok Rie