October 4, 2013 at 6:32 PMHow long was your longest practicing streak?
In other words, what is the longest number of days that you practiced EVERY day?
It may seem unnecessary, this idea of practicing every single day. Surely you can get as much done if you practice five days week, or if you miss only the occasional day, here or there. But practicing every day, without missing any, is a virtuous cycle. The longer the "practice streak" goes, the less the practicer wishes to break it! And of course, the improvement in playing will be more foundational than the occasional "cram session" kind of practicing.
Something that can be helpful is to try doing a 100-day challenge. Can you practice every day, for 100 days? You have to start over again with "1" if you miss a day. This is certainly possible, in fact, I've had a few students go for more than a year without missing a day. At a Suzuki institute I attended, I met a teenager who'd gone for many, many years without missing a day and was still at it!
What is your longest practice streak? And when would you like to begin your 100-day challenge? How about today!
a 100-day challenge sounds cool. I'll start 21 Oct. when I return from a business trip (no way to practice in that venue, not even w/ practice mute). I'm curious to see if I can do it...
I've therefore cast my vote - for 6 months, which takes care of any holiday absence from the violin.
I have mixed feelings about that time overall. There was a sense in which I was using violin practice as a retreat from the hard work of trying to socialize in a foreign land and language. There was a sense in which I was using it as an escape to mask loneliness.
It also fed my perfectionist streak, one that I don't often give rein to, but when I do, the results are usually not good for me psychologically.
In the many years since, I have never been able to make practicing every day work again, and have stopped trying. My attempts have generally resulted in feelings of guilt and overwhelm and wanting to quit playing altogether.
Having given up on that goal of practicing every day made it possible for me to play at all.
Looking back, practicing time was meditation and praying time for me s well as time to express and play safely and freely when other forms of expression would be either forbidden or dangerous.
Now I have to make sure that I listen to my body carefully or I could easily injure myself if I strictly stick to the routine of practicing everyday. Practice is more like a workout than brushing teeth now since having experienced some injury from repetitive overuse certain part of my body.
I do both every day! :)
I think the question would be better phrased as 'play' rather than practise since those on here who are professionals may not feel like practise on a day with 8 hours of playing!
But as a humble amateur I not only practise every day - and have done so for not one but now many years - but I also keep a minute-by-minute (as far as possible) log of playing and practise. This works for me both as an inspiration and its own reward - and also means that I can check on whether I am meeting personal goals (e.g. actually playing scales). Interestingly, not one of my teachers has expressed any interest in this log - although they do appreciate the outcome.
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