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.
If you’ve studied music for any considerable length of time, you’re familiar with the guilt that comes from missing a day of practice. You understand that consistent daily practice brings the best results. You want to get better, but you just haven’t made practice a habit, or maybe you have, but for whatever reason that habit broke down for a day.
If you have to force yourself to practice everyday, you’re doing it wrong. Actually practicing should be just as simple as brushing your teeth. If you’re doing it right, there will be times when you end up in the practice room without even realizing you went there. That would be nice, wouldn’t it?
This is possible by understanding habits. We only have so much willpower throughout our day. If you have to will yourself to practice everyday, there will be many days you just don’t.
In order to be a successful musician you must understand what habits are, and how to create them. You’ll then be ready to learn an instrument, and learn it well.