Staying motivated In These Times
What’s keeping you motivated to practice these days? I’m a student, at a point where advancing is going to require a step up in level of effort and time devoted to developing technique. Orchestra and ensembles are canceled for the moment, lessons are by Zoom. It’s becoming harder to keep a positive attitude. How do you do it? Teachers, what’s working for your students?
Setting goals helps me a lot "I'll learn another Bach piece" or "I've been meaning to tackle a new etude/technique/scale" etc. Do you have friends or family members for whom you might perform?
This is a boat many people are in, you are certainly not alone. Setting little goals like Karl suggested is a good idea.
Aging is taking a toll on my playing abilities and with the pandemic having erased my weekly chamber orchestra rehearsals and twice monthly string "serenade" sessions I try to stay motivated by playing through a few old favorites* every day and finding some new ones to read through and by looking up every new thing I hear or hear about on IMSLP and printing those that appeal to me eyes and giving them a try.
My musical motivation increased greatly today. It's like a dark cloud is lifting and the sunshine is peeking through.
I'm motivated -- VERY motivated -- precisely by the fact that I have so much LESS time for it. Also I am keen to explore home music production -- playing the violin with my own piano accompaniments, for example.
"These times" of Covid-19, limited social contact, actually increase my energy - that is because I am an introvert. I no longer have to make excuses to stay home! My wife is also an introvert so we both have tons of energy right now.
When my students get discouraged, I suggest that they keep in mind that one goal would be that when ensembles are able to start up again in person, everybody would be impressed with how much they have improved during the pandemic.
Visio choir rehearsals on Zoom, and viola & piano pieces with my son.
In another thread on a topic of finding time to practice, I submitted an idea from a brief article I got published decades ago. I think it may apply to this topic. So, enjoy (I hope):
I also find it hard to focus during these times and feel sometimes as though I'm wasting the time I now have! Something that helps is external structure, such as lessons or setting performances online. Because of this, I'm directing a festival in January called the Online Solo Strings Intensive that can help inspire and motivate you! Check out stringinsiders.com for program info. :) Hope that helps!
Welcome aboard Miss Tong! Hope that you have good luck with your new online strings program.
Yes, I have to admit that after a couple of months of keeping the faith and practising - specifically for a string quartet concert I was organising at the local church; in September, then November, then postponed to 2021 sometime, I decided to give my body a rest. (The usual age related aches and pains)