The Top 10 Reasons Why You Aren’t Practicing

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The scariest thing I found about compiling this list was that in the space of about 10 minutes I thought of more than 20 reasons. While you read this, I’m going to go practice…

10.  The weather is too awful (or too nice).

 9.  I can’t find my music/lesson book.

 8.  My instrument is out of tune.

 7.  I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.

 6.  It’s too boring.

 5.  My fingers are sore.

 4.  I don’t have to because my lesson’s not until next week.

 3.  It’s not going to make any difference anyway.

 2.  I have to clean the house/walk the dog/do the dishes.

 Drum roll please. And the number one reason you aren’t practicing is…

 1. I don’t have time. Seriously? Seth Godin said recently when we say we don’t have time, what we are really saying is it’s not important enough. Ouch.

 Do any of these sound familiar?

  • Mary-Kate

    Yup, sounds familiar! Ironically, I find myself not wanting to practice when I most need to practice-kind of dreading sitting down and working on something really hard. The book “Effortless Mastery” by Kenny Werner is so helpful regarding mental blocks and practicing!


  • Eric Allison

    #9 because I cart music around with papers to grade and charity reports and a million other things. So I’ve built a practice binder that contains noted copies of current pieces, divided by genre, with a sheet of etudes exposed in the back pocket. It stays on the stand always. Thank Heaven for PDFs.


  • Eric Allison

    I meant notated copies. “Noted copies” are important pieces yeah? I’m referring to sheet music so marked up I can *maybe* still see the musical notes through it all.


  • Joe Wessels

    I needed that!!!


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