Every musician, particularly beginners, can sometimes find it hard to practice, and will often ask themselves questions such as “Can I find the time?” “Is it worth the time?” or “Will it really help me improve?” As an accomplished musician who’s struggled through those numerous questions, I’m here to tell you that the answer to all of these is “yes.”
From the earliest days of learning your instrument, Practicing should be implemented into your routine like house work or homework. It seems like a hassle at first, but once you knock it out, the results are so satisfying! A very easy way to begin practicing regularly is by simply recording your online lessons. Your instructor keeps things organized in your sessions, allowing one concept to naturally follow another, just as you should during your practice sessions between lessons. By focusing on one thing at a time, you’ll learn so much faster! Plus, with their expertise, your instructor will easily lay things out for you in a simple way that’s not overwhelming for you, and all you have to do is find the time in your schedule to knock it out. Replay your lesson as many times as you like; repeating the tricky spots as needed!
Finding the time in your day-to-day life can be challenging, but you know it’s there somewhere. The busiest students sometimes prefer to making music practice the first part of their day, ensuring it doesn’t get forgotten. Especially if you are struggling with motivation, this can be a great tool. Jump into practice bright and early, before your sleepy brain has time to protest or procrastinate. Remember, it takes only three weeks to build a new habit. Commit to yourself for this time and reap the rewards later on. The truth is, after all, you decided to take lessons for a reason, and that’s because you want to be a skilled musician. This means that you need to put in the work to achieve the result, but you’ll be so glad you did.
And of course, don’t fear! Your instructor will be there to assist you and keep your practicing to do list simple. Feel free to talk about your practice routines or challenges in lessons any time! Your teacher can help you identify small changes you can make to make things easier and more effective as time goes on. In fact, a time frame as little as 15 minutes a day or 30 minutes every two days is a phenomenal help already! There’s no need to stress or get overwhelmed. Little changes add up quickly. No matter what instrument you play, once you get into the swing of it, you’ll begin to notice your improvement not only in your ease of practicing, but also in your playing. So pull out that google calendar, make a plan that works for you, and knock out those practice hours to effectively cultivate your skill!