PRINCIPLES ON PRACTICING DURING THIS TIME OF CRISIS
We might think that we will now have more time to practice now that we have more time due to most of our world being shutdown. The reality however, is that the vast majority of people waste time. According to success.com, people waste excessive time on social media and don’t have a plan. As a result, their day gets ahead of them and they don’t do what is of value and importance. Below are some practical principles on keeping a diligent practice schedule during this shutdown.
Select a specific time to practice during the day
We believe it’s important to find the best time to practice where you’re at your best. This can be in the morning, daytime, or evening. Everyone is different. Find the time that’s best for you! Quality should exceed quantity. It’s not how long you practice, but what you do with the practice time you have. You can be behind your instrument for three hours and play aimlessly, or you can get a solid hour of dividing up your time to working on technique, reading, and spending time on your weaknesses. The latter strategy is far more important and progressive than the former.
Have a plan
Know what you’re going to work on before working on it! When you have a plan, you won’t waste any time and immediately begin to make progress in your playing.
Setting a goal and working toward accomplishing it brings an intrinsic feeling of momentum and motivation. It cultivates self-discipline, which transcends in other areas of life. Forbes.com says, “When you set a goal you naturally direct your attention toward a next step and, as a result, lead yourself in the right direction which forces your actions—your behaviors—to follow.”
Recording yourself is one of the best ways to measure your progress. You’ll get objective and sometimes painful truth of your playing. There have been numerous times in my drumming I thought something sounded amazing only to realize it was lacking feel and coordination control hearing it back. Recording never lies! It will point out your weakness so you can concentrate on what’s necessary. As drumming great Todd Sucherman says, “Many times, the line between good and great is minuscule.”
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