One of the most important aspects of being a musician is developing a strong practice. This can be challenging when we are busy and have so many obligations and distractions. One day we can practice very strong. The next day, barely touch or instrument at all. What’s a solution for this? In zen, they say that your practice should be beyond like and dislike. In other words, it should not be dependent upon mood, inspiration or other states of being that we often wait for in order to practice.
What I find to be helpful is to commit to at least one practice session a day. This will mean that you will have to schedule it and give it priority every day. Once a time slot is saved for your music, turn off your phone, and really focus. If you give yourself an hour to practice, keep to it, and don’t end until you do. You can take 5 minutes to stretch, if needed. Next, commit to one month of a daily practice. Make it doable. If 30 minutes is all you have, hold yourself responsible.
Practice beyond like or dislike. In other words, don’t let your mood dictate your actions. Sometimes, I find that I am initially not in the mood to practice, but within 15 minutes, that state of mind has shifted, and I find myself completely immersed in learning. If you do this kind of practice, a great energy will develop with your art. You will feel empowered and have a positive frame of mind, knowing you are giving your art the time it needs to develop.The practice of going beyond like or dislike will reinforce your intention and focus to become an excellent musician. With this in place, nothing can get in your way and great progress will be made. Try it out for yourself and report back. What do you have to lose?