As musicians we all know the dread that comes when we’re in the practicing slums. It’s not easy. We know that we need to practice our instrument, and really want to, but lack the motivation to do so. Therefore the question is raised “How do I find the motivation to keep practicing?” Through research and years of learning here are a few ideas that could prove helpful for you.
Have you ever gone to a concert and loved it so much that your deepest desire at that moment is to become as good as those performing? Or watched a intense action movie and then decided that your calling in life is to become a ninja cop? We are inspired by greatness. Going out to enjoy the talent of others can really help us to find the motivation that we need to continue improving our skills as musicians.
Allow your creative juices to flow.
Sometimes we fall into a rut of doing the same practice routine over and over again which easily leads to burnouts. Have some fun messing around with flute! Make up songs allowing your creative juices to flow by improvising or working on a new piece, and changing up our practice routine reconnects us to our music and allows us to have fun and enjoy what we are doing.
Dedicate Time to Practice
Planning is a key element in having successful practices. We all have busy schedules, but we always seem to find time for the things that really matter. Making practicing a priority by planning ahead of time when you will practice makes it easy to stick with it. Of course we will all miss a practice session or two, but the idea is to stick with it and keep going even if life does get in the way.
Make Long Term Goals
While practicing, it’s easy to see your immediate failures and it’s easy to justify giving up. We just don’t have enough time, or it’s too hard. But it’s crucial to keep in mind that learning to play and instrument is a long term goal. We won’t be able to play beautiful concertos overnight. But through continuous effort these long term goals and dreams can become a reality.
No matter what, you will have those days when practicing is the last thing that you want to do. But you must. Learning an instrument is simply creating new muscle memory. If you find yourself struggling to learn a new instrument, that’s a good thing! It means that your brain is working to create that needed muscle memory.
Don’t Give Up
Last but not least, don’t give up. Learning an instrument is hard. But don’t be afraid of failure. Keep a positive attitude, knowing that if you keep at it and give it your all, you will see progression. Maybe it won’t be noticeable all at once so find a way to record your progress and see that you are really making your way to becoming the musician you’ve always dreamed to become.