You Gotta Practice

There’s a honeymoon phase whenever you try something new. The first few weeks you’re enamored and then you realize that this is a long term commitment. It’s easy to drop the ball. It’s hard to maintain dedication once the novelty has worn off. The more you learn the more you realize how much more there is to learn. It’s daunting.

I was sick for the last two or three weeks. So, I laid off playing the harmonica. I’m finding it hard to get back into it. My advice – you have to practice every day. Just do it. No excuses.

I’m putting this one up as a reminder to myself.

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2 Responses to You Gotta Practice

  1. Lucy says:

    Sick is sick. Don’t berate yourself. Just start off anew. At least, you had an excuse, unlike many others. *grin* Give yourself a little music reward after practicing. Or even buy (get) a new tune. I’m finding more and more that I want music in my life. Last Fall’s Saturday keynote speaker is a musician – gorgeous voice. I missed his session, because I was setting up for my institute (which went bust!), but my friend encouraged me to contact him. He was so delighted that he sent me a personal CD, which is like and individual course on the history of American Musical Theater with all the backstories included. It is 2 disks full of his stories and him singing. Although I must admit it is a little disconcerting when he sings the female roles! *grin* Did I tell you that I heard James Watson (age 83) speak? He is the discoverer of the Double Helix. He wrote a book about his life and his philosophy with the title “Avoid Boring People.” With such a title who could resist? I will send you the highlights. And here I thought I wasn’t in for a boring speech!!! ha,ha Here’s a taste: Chap 1: From Childhood on Chicago’s South Side. Avoid fighting bigger boys or dogs. Put lots of spin on the ball. Never accept dares that put your life at risk. Accept only advice that comes from experience as opposed to revelation. Hypocrisy in search of social acceptance erodes your self respect. Never be flippant with teachers. When intellectually panicking get help quickly. Find a young hero to emulate. Sounds pretty good. Lucy

  2. Jim says:

    Thanks Lucy. You’re a peach. Actually practicing is fun and rewarding in itself. The problem is finding the time. You need to give yourself permission to “play” 10 minutes a day.