Is It Easy For You To Drift Away From Practice?
I'm curious how some of you maintain rigid practice routines when you have no demands placed on you.
Can you tell me how you managed to get back into the flow of it again?
I did very well until recently when I had a few large life changing events happen.Also I have been busy with fulfilling goals I made for myself.
Before I knew it I was a day out from my next weekly lesson.
I feel like I need to rekindle something. I don't like that feeling.
What are some ways you overcome this?
To answer your question specifically, it depends on your mentality. I always remember to do warm-ups first. My practice time varies depending on my workload and time available.
I would agree with Ella. A lot goes into each person's own mentality. I haven't been learning violin very long, but in general, when learning for me - I always set a goal with each practice session. I'm always focused on what I want to accomplish by the time I'm through. If I don't manage to achieve those goals, I'll roll them over into the next day until I master that particular item I missed out on etc...and then continue moving forward.
Man, everyone's so different -- this is a hard question to answer accurately. I have an abundance of adult students and I have tried so many different things to get them to consistently practice and play the instrument.
I don't entirely agree with Eric.
I'm with Lydia here: I love playing, I hate practicing.
I think it depends a lot on wheter ypu must practice or not. I dont make a living out of music, so practicing is a relaxing activity for me. Probably would be different if i had to practice to actually perform.
I like practice because I like problem-solving. I don't do a tons repetitions in one sesession, just enough to feel I've nailed each issue *for the time being* and move on. I keep my practice sessions short, somewhere between 15 minutes to 30 minutes per session. Most importantly, I don't think setting goals alone is enough to keep me going. I believe each one needs to have an unique system that can keep one locked in so one can't easily slack off or back out of it when things get tough. Deadlines are not fun but are very useful for getting things done.
Lydia, you still fit into my statement, I'm afraid.
I agree with Erik.
Ever since I was a child, I wanted to play the violin. I had to wait until I finished university to fullfill my dream. Daily practice is part of this dream and commitment. I love the violin and I love my violin and I want to play it every day.
It's far easier to be disciplined about something you love than to be disciplined about something you want to love.
Sometimes I like practicing and sometimes I don't. Sometimes life's other challenges and obligations take me away from practicing for a few days at a time. When I come back, the hard part is just the first half hour because I know that's really going to be awful. I just have to convince myself that I'll get through that bottleneck and regain my momentum, which actually is ordinarily quite slow. I'm improving, though, however glacially.
OP definitely love violin, or he wouldn't be starting this discussion thread. In fact, all of us here because we love violin. So I hope that we can all agree that love is a given for most if not all of us v.commers.
Sometime I have to take an extended break because I'm just not feeling the muse, or life happened. For me, getting back on the horse after a break is about playing a little bit every day, even if it's just 15 min (which inevitably becomes longer). There is a big difference for me when I tell myself I need to play at least a little bit every day - that way I'm more likely to be in a routine and when I'm not out of shape, it's easier to deal with not. These days I try to practice a little bit every day even when I'm on a playing break, if that makes any sense. Beyond that I try to have some outside inspiration about the practice process all the time - so that I'm approaching the violin in a new way. Those new ideas keep it fresh and keep away the boredom. I think boredom means we are not challenging ourselves enough creatively, but rather just putting in time, or "end-gaming". Youtube has a lot of tutorials that I find fun to go to (see my blog post from Jan 2nd about it). Small advertisement for my tutorials , if I may...it's called Practice Blitz, which is about short bursts of new ways of practicing old things:
A bit late to the thread, but this year I decided to try my own version of the popular Instagram/social media challenge- the 100 days of practice (made quite popular by Hilary Hahn?)where one has to upload a video or snip of their practice. I made a private instagram account just for this challenge with no one else following it so only I can see it. Although most people would already practice everyday (I do the majority of the time but often find myself wondering if I could get away with a break), by giving myself a goal, it makes practicing a lot more habitual for me. It helps me practice consistently as if I were to miss a day I would feel horrible. It also helps me keep track of my progress and I can look back and see what I can improve on. If for some reason I can't record a video, I write a sort of practice entry on stuff I worked on, and what I need to improve on. This is my own way of making it harder for myself to drift from practicing- obviously I will continue to practice past day 100 but I find that it makes practice a non negotiable thing- if I stop then I have to go back to square one again! I hope that maybe, after this challenge, I will have a stricter mindset when it comes to practicing! Hope this helps :)
I am even too busy to come back and check this thread until now :)
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