Practice makes perfect! Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned musician, regularly playing your instrument is important to become a better musician. However, finding the motivation to sit down and play can sometimes be difficult. Here are a few strategies to help you!
Start a Routine
A practice schedule is one easy way to set aside time to play. If you don’t feel like practicing one day, it’s important to stick to your routine so your progress is not delayed. According to Healthline, it takes an average of 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic.
If setting your own schedule may not be enough motivation for you, consider signing up for weekly music lessons! Although you should still practice outside of these sessions, having an instructor push you along can help you become more self-motivated. At DuBaldo Music, we give an outside perspective to critique you, while encouraging your progress and growth.
What are your musical goals? Whether you are learning a new piece or preparing for an audition, you have to practice to make it happen! Reminding yourself of your goals can be helpful when trying to motivate yourself to practice.
Try keeping sheet music on the fridge or adding a notification on your phone as a daily reminder of what you’re trying to accomplish.
Play What You Enjoy
Don’t forget why you started. Although you might be less enthusiastic on certain days, practice should not affect your love for love! To feel more motivated, warm up with a song you love to play. If you’re practicing to improve your technical skills, consider using material that interests you. Follow along with your favorite musician on YouTube or try learning a new song you hear on the radio.
Another way to make practice fun is to invite a fellow musician to join you! Whether on a virtual call or an in-person jam session, this can be a great way to get you excited to practice.
Unsure where to start? Contact the experts at DuBaldo Music to learn how regular practice can help you reach your music goals!