Time is money! Practice Jar

June 3, 2018, 8:43 PM · Just to share a silly thing I started. Like the Swear Jar, in which you put some money whenever you or someone in the family swears, I started a practice jar some months ago. Just 2$ for every hour I practice. Less than one coffee.

I practice about 2-3 hours every day, and even if I made the numbers before, I am surprised at how the ammount piles up. Indeed enough in a year to pay for strings, a luxury case or a good bow. For a student it can very well pay for a very good violin just after the necessary years to graduate from beginner-intermediate to intermediate-advanced, when you need that violin.

In my case is silly: I take from my right pocket to the left one and I don't struggle for money to buy my things, but it may be good motivator for students that need some planning to upgrade their hardware.

And it feels good. I see how much I have practiced and I am proud :-P

Replies (8)

June 3, 2018, 8:55 PM · Maybe this will be my next task after doing 100 days to rebuild my practice habits.

Sounds like a good way to replace my falling apart case, hahahah....

June 3, 2018, 9:13 PM · Hmmmm... isn't this supposed to work the other way around? I mean you pay for the practice that you didn't do?
June 3, 2018, 10:04 PM · Roger, I'd go bankrupt...

Like anything else, I guess it just depends on outlook. For me I'd see it as a fun way to save. If I really want X item, then I have to practice x hard to earn it.

June 4, 2018, 4:17 AM · I'd be worried about this scenario:

"Gee, I'd really like to work on this piece for another hour today, but I can't afford it."

Edited: June 4, 2018, 7:59 AM · One's Other Half might well audibly wonder, "where's all the money going?" ;)
June 4, 2018, 7:26 AM · I've often recommended to students a similar concept of keeping track of repetitions by dropping a penny in a jar (with a goal of 10). Simplistic, but it can be very effective in keeping one on task...
June 10, 2018, 5:50 PM · I'm a beginner trying to learn on my own for the time being and it can be hard to see much progress. Doing something like this, or even just marbles in a jar or something similar might be a good way for me to see some progress, even if I can't hear any, then I can keep hoping that eventually that progress /those hours of training will actually result in real progress with my playing.
June 12, 2018, 3:54 AM · I used the "100 club" concept with my children when they were younger. The concept was that there was something they really wanted to get and I would give it to them after they had practiced 100 days in a row. After that practice was more or less a natural habit, and it was much easier to get them to practice.

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