Playing Music vs. Practicing Music

If you find yourself having motivational problems practicing music regularly, there is a technique to make you enthusiastic about playing music:

Don’t use the word “Practice.”

Instead, tell yourself you’re going to “play” your instrument today.  You don’t need to think of it as practicing at all.

Just get your instrument and play it, without a plan.  Eliminating your usual practice planning will break the cycle of feeling unmotivated.  With no expectations, you will find it fun and easy to play your instrument.

Play whatever you want, for as long or as short a time as you desire.  The key is to upset your usual expectations of what a practice session should be.

Sometimes the word “practice” gets in the way of enjoying the process of playing your instrument.  When you “practice,” you feel you should get better, learn new techniques, memorize new music, and make forward progress.

All of these goals and expectations can dampen enthusiasm and make playing your instrument seem like work.

Forget your goals and expectations for today!  Play your instrument and simply enjoy the process of playing music.

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