Essential Secrets 70: Practice Even If You Don't Want To
Practice Even If You Don't Want To
Sticking to Your Schedule
It's important to make practicing a regular part of your life. Even on the days when you don't want to touch your bass, getting started is essential. That’s one reason why scheduling your practicing is such a good idea. It’s nice to think of practicing the same way as any other activity on your calendar.
There’s another intriguing thing about practicing when you don’t feel like it. When you actually start playing the bass, your negative feelings melt away. Worrying is much worse than simply taking action. Playing bass is fun, so what exactly is it you’re trying to avoid?
When you don’t feel like practicing, the reasons you feel this way have nothing to do with bass playing per se. You’re probably worrying about something external rather than the actual process of playing bass.
Stop thinking about whether or not you’re making enough progress. Don’t compare yourself to other musicians and their real or imagined successes. Never let yourself think that learning the bass is somehow easier for other people than it is for you. Instead, pick up your bass and start playing. These burdensome thoughts will disappear.
Of course you’ll be more enthusiastic on some days than on others. That’s human nature, and it goes far beyond your feelings about music. There are many things you’re responsible for doing every day. Even if you “don’t feel like it,” you do them anyway.
The secret to learning the bass quickly and efficiently is to play a little bit every day, and your feelings are beside the point. Your responsibility is to play your instrument, not to ponder your ever-changing feelings about your talent and progress. Stop worrying about your musical achievements. Instead, practice daily even if you don’t want to.
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