Do you really want to play music?
If so, that’s a precious and valuable thing. If you’re feeling down because you’re not further along, just remember that there are lot of people who don’t even know what they want to do with their time. Just knowing what you want to do can create a powerful shift in your life.
I’m always trying to discover how to help people practice. Whenever I meet someone who practices consistently I ask them a lot of questions, trying to understand what their secret is, what makes them tick.
What makes you pick up the fiddle every day?
Is it a great fiddler you’ve heard?
Is it a feeling you have when you play music?
Is it a goal, like playing a certain song or playing in a group?
When you reach your goal, do you want to practice more? Or do you do better without having a goal?
I haven’t found any magic bullet or secret sauce that will help you play every day. It seems that the people who practice simply want to do it.
You gotta want it.
That’s why I emphasize finding joy in your music. Fun is not over-rated. Making it fun will help you to practice the difficult things and help you to keep on fiddling every day.
But, I’ll keep searching for the secret. What motivates YOU to practice?