Spending a solitary weekend getting together my first solo guitar concert in over a year. I was just noticing the striking parallels between training as a musician, and as a 400m sprinter. Both are similar because the requirements to prepare well are extremely multifaceted.
Both require a baseline ability.
Sprinting - fast twitch muscle fibers and natural foot speed.
Music - manual dexterity and a cognitive expressive ability, sensitivity, and aesthetic sense.
Both require fundamentals.
Sprinting - aerobic foundation, strength foundation, and good stride alignment and technique.
Music - principles of efficient movement, hand alignment, proper sitting position, use of nails.
Both require complex multifaceted training
Sprinting - tempo endurance, speed endurance, power speed, technique, event runs, etc...
Music - technique, slow practice, spot repetition, full run throughs, metronome work
Both required specialized equipment
Sprinting - training shoes, training spikes, racing spikes and accessories, racing tights, warmup suit, starting blocks, training equipment - resistance bands, weights, beeping timer, nutritional supplements
Music - instruments, strings, footstool, metronome, nail kit (scissors, glue, sandpaper, files etc..), scores, music stand, concert attire, travel case
Both sprinting and music require:
- an understanding and appreciation of the culture and history
- a curiosity to learn and get better
- a proper warmup
- a sense of timing, rhythm
- flexibility and relaxation
- technique work
- trial performances
- performance experience
- the ability to present a performance at pre determined time and place
- a sustained and persistent commitment
- being healthy and injury free
I learn a lot about sprinting from music.
I learn a lot about music from sprinting.
Together they make a richer life than one without the other. The ancient Greeks, founders of the Olympic Games ... certainly agreed.