Tips & Tutorials: Five ways to motivate yourself to practice on your instrument

Tips & Tutorials: Five ways to motivate yourself to practice on your instrument

We all know practicing is something we should do, but don’t always want to do. Here are five simple ways to get better at getting better:

1. Listen

Listening to some sick bass grooves (I’m all over French Horn Rebellion at the moment) makes me want to play them, and more importantly, perfect them. The more good music you listen to, the better you’ll want to become.

2. Keep it visible

I keep my bass visible when I’m working (hanging it on the wall looks great). It’s a reminder to me throughout the day that it needs playing.

3. Watch other people

Spending your lunch break on Youtube watching people play your instrument better than you may be dangerous, but it’s also inspiring. Also, you don’t always need to have your instrument in front of you to take lessons. Just watching one online without playing a note can be more helpful than a six hour Saturday scale-shredding session.

4. Play with other people

Improvisation and connection is fun. You might not be jamming with BB King, but you learn the most from musicians around you.

5. Never ‘make it’.

If you ever reach a point in your playing where you feel like you’ve learnt enough to play ‘well,’ then you have failed. This rings true especially in some church musicians that insist they’ve reached a place where God doesn’t deserve the practice anymore. Don’t let it get to the point that your skill is good ‘enough.’

 

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