May 2010

Like Brushing Your Teeth

May 20, 2010 01:43

 One of my teacher trainers told me that practicing should be like brushing your teeth.  There is never a day when your tooth brushing is affected by other events in your day.  The process is completely emotionally detached.

I mulled over her words of wisdom for quite some time after she said them to me.  What struck me the most was the suggestion of emotionally detaching myself.  All my life I have been told that music is supposed to express emotion.  So it was almost like it would be wrong to try and strip that away.

For me, the teeth brushing example was a very interesting concept.  I realized that the level of habitual repetition of that daily routine is rarely achieved in any other life areas.  Dishes get put off, vacuuming, shopping for groceries.... but I always make the time to brush my teeth. 

Always making the time for practice?  A lofty ideal indeed.

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