Hope is not a strategy. This is a blog celebrating action in the practice room. The effective action that follows our careful deliberation and reflection. We are grownups. The time of fooling ourselves is over because time is up.
I've been exploring this topic in some depth over the years. Feel free to join in.
Here is an interesting start to our explorations: Time management
Premise: Practice time is precious and limited. It's limited by the limitations of our bodies and demands on our time from life. Therefore, wasting it with non-deliberate practice is counterproductive to our goal: playing as well as we can with the limitations we now have.
Step one: Taking stock. "How do we spend our time when we are in the practice room? Do we carefully plan out the time, or do we jump Willy Nilly from one activity to another? It has been claimed that 90% music students play a piece through once, not even stopping to correct mistakes.
( http://www.escom.org/proceedings/ICMPC2000/Sun/McPherso.htm )
Tactic: At your next practice simply record yourself on your phone. Just put the recorder in the corner and forget about it. Later in the day listen back. Ask yourself this:
1. How did you spend your time?
2. How focused were you?
3. How do you sound?
4. What did you accomplish?
5. How did you really work on problems?
If I can help you, call me.
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 student and teacher of the drums.