Robert J. Lawrence (Jimmy)
Finally, let’s deal with the concept that practice is boring in the first place. Practice is not a necessary “evil.” It is a rewarding experience that helps us refine our craft and furthers our enjoyment of music itself. If we approach practice with the assumption that it is “boring,” then we are setting ourselves up to subconsciously find things that make it so. We can change our attitudes toward the practice of practice – and the following should help:
Look at the big picture
I’m not just talking about the music you’re working on. I really mean the big picture. Why do we practice? What does practice do for us? How far do we want to go? Really, there is no end to the development of our musical skills. Even tenured virtuosos have things they strive to improve on. They practice, too – probably more than you or I. Marco Minnemann, arguably one of the most coordinated and time-warping virtuoso drummers out there has said that he’ll often practice up to eight hours in a day. EIGHT! Can you imagine!? And he even has a coach! Practice is what will get us where we want to be and beyond. And you’ll discover that there is always something new that inspires you to keep learning. This is a good thing, and should be embraced!
Think about your goals
Goal setting is so important. I know only a few that can aimlessly wander through their journey and still become proficient at their trades. Most of us, however, should understand what we are working toward, and gauge our progress in order to continue to set new goals. You can think about goals in many different ways:
What are your experiences with goal-setting? Share with us in the comments below!
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Jimmy here! My desire is to help others grow musically - especially those who don't have access to resources. I'm a husband, father of three, graduate student, and music educator.