Serious musicians can practice for 4 or more hours every day. The idea is that if you practice more, you’ll progress faster. It makes logical sense. If you practice for 4 hours, you will progress 4 times faster than the person who is only practicing one hour. It doesn’t always work that way though. The musician that practices for 1 hour efficiently, can easily learn more than a musician that practices for 4 hours inefficiently.
Can you learn how to practice and cut your practice hours down to almost nothing? If you want to progress at the same rate you are now, then sure. I prefer to progress as much as possible. I want to practice as efficiently as I can, but also as much as I can. If you add time and efficiency together, you’ll end up with progress many times faster than what you are probably achieving now.
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.