We live in a world of instant gratification. Instant gratification is why the average US household has over $15k in credit card debt. We want that new toy now we’ll make money enough to buy it eventually right? So let’s just get it now.
Although some may argue this instant gratification epidemic is pervasive mostly in the younger generation it’s definitely going strong in the older generation as well. We have been conditioned over and over again that good things come now. In music this just isn’t the case. Good things take time. They take practice, and a lot of it.
Research has shown over and over that people who set goals are typically the most successful. These people accomplish more than their non goal setting counterparts, and they tend to report to be more happy. If this is the case, you think everyone would be jumping over themselves to set goals for their lives. The problem is, few people set goals and even fewer keep them. Only 8% of people who set new year’s resolutions actually keep them.
Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule? It’s a pretty simple concept. It states that 80% of your results are produced by 20% of your work. That’s basically it. If you’re a musician, constantly practicing the days away, you’re often looking for ways to practice more efficiently. Of course you are. If you can get 2 hours worth of work done in twenty minutes that could really change things for you.
If you consistently work on applying the 80/20 rule to your practice time, and even just your life, you’ll find time you didn’t know you had.
Music is not learned in lessons. Music is learned alone with your instrument. Lessons are just meant to guide your practice time. They are meant to help you understand what you should be practicing and how. If practice is so important, how much of should you be doing?
Anyone who has spent any time practicing an instrument is familiar with the feeling of not getting anything done. This doesn’t have to apply only to music practice. You can be working on a task, but never actually get anywhere.
Real progress comes from daily focused attention and deliberate practice. If we are to get better at doing something, in this case music, we can’t just say “I touched my instrument today, so I did my part.” You won’t learn just by doing. You must have a plan and then execute on that plan consistently to see results.
Is it hard? Yeah, it’s pretty hard. Just like anything else, focusing is a learned skill. The more that you study and practice it, the better you’ll get at it. Once you learn to focus, you’ll see progress. Progress will help you enjoy your practice more and more.
Ready to get more done than you ever have before? Ready to become that amazing musician you’ve always wanted to be? Let’s get started.