Practice Practice Practice

As I was growing up, my tummy would turn over as soon as the ‘p’ word was mentioned. I liked to do things well. I liked developing my skills. I loved playing. But that ‘p’ word seemed to have my stomach in knots. ‘P’ word Hang Ups Unveiled Some things to consider:

  1. Essentially, practice is playing (in a musical context). It’s doing. It’s giving it a go. Good to remember if your child also has a ‘P’ word aversion. As a side, I loved playing for my family (especially if they asked me to).
  2. Have the goal in mind. Let the goal be inspiring- a picture of Jimmy Page (showing my age), Beethoven or the Australian Symphony Orchestra. Whatever lights the fire of inspiration. Listening to the music to which you aspire can be helpful.
  3. How do you want to feel? This is such an important question. It’s actually the essence of whatever goal you have. You want to achieve the goal to feel a certain way- ecstatic, joyful, successful, masterful. The students have all written down poetic lines about how they want to feel when they play or think about music. Great thing is, these feelings are attainable in any given moment and they are the true how and why of playing (practice). It’s the inner attitude and experience with which we do whatever we do and they are why we do it. Completely doable for playing at home.
Happy playing!

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