We all have that one friend who seems to be living the dream. They’re always out at concerts, meeting new people, and generally just having a great time.
It’s easy to see why someone would want to have that lifestyle, but it’s not always clear how to achieve it.
Here are a few tips on how to get into the rock star mentality.
What Does it Mean When Someone Calls You a Rock Star?
When you think of a rockstar, what comes to mind?
- Maybe it’s someone who parties all night and sleeps all day.
- Maybe it’s someone who is always surrounded by paparazzi and fans.
- Or maybe it’s someone who is so talented that they make it look easy.
Whatever your image of a rockstar is, there’s one thing that all rockstars have in common: mindset.
It doesn’t matter what you love most about rock and roll – if you have the rock star mentality, you’ve got what it takes to be successful in anything (especailly music!).
The best way to build the rock start mentality? By becoming truly great at whatever it is you liek to do. Whether you’re an avid musician or you love learning foreign languages, taking lessons is a great way to challenge yourself and become better at what you do.
Just check out all the amazing benefits of taking guitar lessons (as an example!) below:
What is the Rockstar Mentality Meaning?
The risqué performances of Elvis Presley, the screaming crowds that followed the Beatles, the instrument-smashing antics of The Who, and the countless other charismatic and iconic contributions to the music of their day are all defining chapters of rock-n-roll that would shape the outcome of nearly all popular music to follow. Just like the swing-dance halls of the 1920s and 30s, the music would draw the attention of the masses and bring uncountable patrons together for something that can only be described as an experience.
But what is missing from the bandstands of the swing era all the way through early Motown performances was the unruly presentation, where songs and artists went from polished performances by well-dressed professionals into expressions of image from larger-than-life artists. This was the birth of the Rock Star Mentality, and it has changed practically everything in regard to modern popular music.
The cultural, creative mindset rambunctious rock-n-rollers gave birth to is characterized by an uncompromising attitude that made the more refined groups of working musicians turn up their noses. How could they not? This was antithetical to everything they had been taught. Rock stars were rarely educated in music, and aside from knowing a few chords and shapes, often played only by ear and without a deeper musical understanding.
Bands like U2 – who formed with little previous musical training – showed that it was no longer about the strength gained through years of dedication from the individual players, but an ability to connect with an audience regardless of the performer’s knowledge for music. It turned on its head the idea that to be a great musician meant a long, hard road of practice and proficiency.
While there is no need to dramatically insult the now norms of music, there are downsides to the shift in music culture due to the flair of rock and the rock star lifestyle. Popular music has been drifting on a path away from more complex melodies, rhythms, and harmonies, and toward music that is very simple and all relatively similar. A study published in the journal Scientific Reports surveyed over 465,000 songs that spanned over 50 years, and found that “note transition” (note usage with chords and melodies) and “meters” (rhythmic patterns) are all fairly stable and moving toward the direction of homogeny. We cannot expect musicians to be able to create what is new if they don’t know what has been done. Exposure to a vast history of songs and works, either through self-study or by the guiding hand of a mentor, is the best solution. Unfortunately, this solution is regularly overlooked by a culture more centered around here and now, and prioritizes style over content.
However, there is a silver lining that should make even the most staunch of music elitists optimistic. When I was a new teacher in Arizona, most of my middle and high school age students were all brought to me because of the same thing: video games. Their parents all told me, “Yeah, he’s been playing ‘Guitar Hero’ and really likes it, so we figured we’d get him some lessons.” As a music teacher, I want nothing more than my students to enjoy their studies. Rejecting their interests simply because I don’t find them “pure” enough is a mistake. I’m happy to teach students regardless of what it is that brings them to learn, and I think that some music teachers ignore the Rock Star mentality to the detriment of future music.
If popular music is to continue to develop in positive ways, the Rock Star Mentality needs to be understood by teachers as a tool to get students started, and by students and patrons as an imperfect bi-product of the music they love.
How to Get Into the Rockstar Mindset
A rockstar mindset is all about having the right attitude. It’s about believing in yourself and your talents. It’s about being confident and not taking no for an answer. If you want to be a rockstar, you need to start thinking like one. Here are four ways to get into the rockstar mindset:
Set Your Goals High
Rockstars don’t settle for mediocrity. They strive for greatness. If you want to be a rockstar, you need to set your sights high and go after your goals with everything you’ve got. Don’t be afraid to aim big – the sky’s the limit!
The road to success is never easy, but rockstars know how to stay focused on their goals even when things get tough. If you want to be a rockstar, you can’t allow yourself to be derailed by distractions or detours. You need to stay focused on what matters most and persevere through the challenges that come your way.
Never Give Up
Quitting is not an option for rockstars. They know that success requires hard work, dedication, and determination. If you want to be a rockstar, you need to channel your inner tenacity and never give up on your dreams – no matter how difficult they may seem at times.”
Embrace Your Imperfections
No one is perfect – not even rock stars! They know that embracing their imperfections is what makes them unique and special.”
Do What You Love
This may seem like obvious advice, but it’s worth repeating. If you’re not doing what you love, you’re never going to feel like a rock star. Find something you’re passionate about and go for it. Whether it’s music, fashion, or anything else, if you’re passionate about it, you’re on your way to rock stardom.
Surround Yourself With Positivity
A big part of the rock star mentality is being surrounded by positive people. This doesn’t mean that you have to be best friends with everyone, but it does mean that you should try to avoid negative energy as much as possible. When you’re around positive people, it’s easier to be positive yourself.
Live in the Moment
One of the best things about being a rock star is that they live in the moment. They don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future, they just enjoy the present. Of course, this isn’t always easy, but it’s important to try to live in the moment as much as possible. After all, life is short and you never know when your time will run out.
A big part of being a rock star is being confident. You have to believe in yourself if you want others to believe in you. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. So stand tall and be proud of who you are and what you’re doing with your life.
Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously
At the end of the day, being a rock star is all about having fun. So don’t take yourself too seriously and just enjoy yourself. Dance like no one is watching and sing at the top of your lungs. Life is too short to not enjoy yourself every once in awhile.
Rock On, Baby
If you want to be a rock star, there’s no magic formula for success—but there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of achieving your goal.
Do what you love, surround yourself with positive people, live in the moment, be confident, and don’t take yourself too seriously—if you do these things, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a bonafide rock star!
And of course, becoming the absolute best at whatever it is you love to do doesn’t hurt, either. To cultivate the rock star mentality, you should sign up for lessons in your favorite subject. Whether it’s guitar, singing, or even French, it’s not too hard to be a real rock star when you’re really good at what you do – and taking lessons can help you get there fast.
Eric M. teaches music recording, music theory, songwriting, ukulele, bass guitar, and guitar lessons in Astoria, NY. He specializes in contemporary styles, including pop/rock, funk, jazz, and metal, and he joined the TakeLessons team in August 2013. Learn more about Eric, or search for a teacher near you!
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