If you’re like most musicians, you’ll have awesome days of practice many times, and then sometimes it’ll just be… not so good. So, how to deal with a bad day of practice?
Well, first of all it’s important to determine that things are just ‘off’ for you that day and not decide that this is the new reality that will be true foreverrrrr.
There are a host of reasons things may not be going your way:
- Too much carpet?
Haha, you may think some of these are silly, but I assure you that ALL flutists understand these issues surrounding trying to have a good practice session.
What we flute players need to do about the days when our tone is just yuck-yuck, and we can’t seem to play anything right is the meaning behind why we are playing in the first place.
I personally like to practice when I’m craving an emotional experience and some connectivity to a beautiful tune. And, of course my skill level often gets in the way. When I find I can’t quite play the way it sounds in my head, I tend to get impatient and rush through. It’s tempting to quit and go on to something else, but I’ve learned to take a step back, relax, and realize that there’s no hurry here.
Music lives on forever. (literally) Which is an incredible thought that changes my whole perspective of the day. And, since I live in the ‘here’ and ‘now’ I get to see what I can do about it ‘today’.
Slowing down, taking my time, and choosing something ‘easier’ in terms of music skill level really makes a difference in my mood. Once I’ve relaxed and realize that the sun, earth, and moon are still here- then I can move into focusing on one little skill at a time for my new piece.
This really does it for me. I’m a happy flute-camper, and can end my practice session a little early… or not. The important thing is that I realize that it’s up to me. And, that makes all the difference in the world. It’s awesome!
Have you had a bad practice day lately? What happened? How did you combat the negative feelings that crept up inside you? Let’s discuss this and help each other out.
Have any questions? Comment below and I will help you out.