Two truisms in a musicians life.
Let's look at this further.
To be a musician, amateur or professional, is to be devoted to practicing over the life-time of music making. We live to practice. For amateurs practice must be fun, for professionals too, keeping it pleasurable helps us maintain intensity and focus over the duration of our careers.
How to make it fun?
Robert Snyder made, “A Day in the Life of Pablo Casals.” He asked Pablo Casals age 80+ and the world’s foremost cellist of his age, why he continues to practice four and five hours a day. Casals answered: “Because I think I am making progress.”
Reading some books on practicing is a great help, I own at least a dozen books. I recommend you start collecting today.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.