I recently made a post to a forum called FiddleHangout with some practice questions:
Do you play every day?
If so, do you have to discipline yourself somehow?
Or do you do it simply because you love it?
How did you successfully become a musician (someone who plays every day)?
There were a lot of great and helpful answers. Here’s a summary:
-Keep it fun.
-Most everyone who answered plays a lot, but not necessarily every single day.
-Fiddling is approached with love, not as a chore.
-Set aside a regular time and place to play music.for music.
-Train people around you to respect your decision to be a musician and to allow you the time to do it.
-Keep learning new things to stay motivated: new tunes, techniques and styles.
-If you see you are improving, you will be motivated to keep playing.
-Play with other people, backing tracks and/or drones.
-Own a halfway decent fiddle.
-Play during your lunch break.
-Play the music you want to play.
-Keep your instrument readily accessible.
-Avoid TV 🙂
I would add: every time you play, realize how amazing it is to make music, and try to be grateful for it.