The Weekend Vote
Am I supposed to go for high-quality practice, or am I supposed to practice things 10,000 times?
These can seem like conflicting goals, because thoughtful practice surely takes less time, and wouldn't 10,000 times turns someone into a zombie?
A good practice, however, will include both, simultaneously. I would call "10,000 repetitions" a tool that you use in order to turn thoughtful work on musical ideas into something that you can DO, consistently and with ease.
Without good goals, all those repetitions will fail, or worse, reinforce bad habits.
The wonderful Canadian violinist James Ehnes has recommended said it well when he spoke about practice several years ago: "If people can have a particular goal in mind, and if reaching that goal can take on more importance than just logging the hours, then I think real progress can start to happen."
It's pretty easy to step onto the treadmill and go forward, not realizing that the thing is actually standing still and you have no destination!
Do you set goals for your practice? And how often?
(P.S. Thanks to Buri for this vote idea!)
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