Practicing is the most important thing you can do as a musician.
Or so everyone says…
But let’s be honest, practicing can be a real drag sometimes.
It can feel like the daily chore that you can never escape. Hours of tedious warm-up routines, endless technical exercises, and slogging through every key while staring at the seconds ticking by on the clock…
Yet, somehow the world’s greatest musicians learned to embrace the art of practicing and even love it. And if you’re serious about becoming a successful musician, you’ve got to do it too.
So what was their secret? Well, the key to loving your practice often comes down to what you’re not doing.
And what you’re not doing are 3 simple techniques that turn practice from a daily chore into one of the most productive activities in your musical life.
Let’s start with number one…
I) Your practice doesn’t have a personal goal
Why do you practice? What’s the point?
For most musicians the reason for practicing comes from other people.
Your parents push you to practice, your teachers give you assignments, that cranky old piano instructor threatens you every week, and there’s the constant pressure to keep up with your friends and colleagues.
All of this is hanging over your head as you walk into the practice room…
As a musician, you know that practice is expected of you…but have you ever stopped to ask what you want?
Finding the answer to this question is the single most … Read More