Did you practice?
"Not as much as I should have…"
Sometimes we find students who simply don’t practice. And they are capable, smart people who, for one reason or another, refuse to work on things at home. And while some are just lazy, others actually think they don’t need to practice at home.
“We already have so many rehearsals, if I can’t get it done there it’s not gonna happen.”
“I get enough done at rehearsal, so I don’t have to practice at home.”
“We’re going to go over this in rehearsal so I don’t have to work on it now.”
These are all actual excuses students have said to us over the years and they all have the same tone.
“Practicing more won’t help me.”
And this is simply not true. The number one thing that helps people get better at something is experience. The more experience you have, the more reps you do, the better understanding you have of what you’re doing.
“BUT THAT’S NOT TRUE! It doesn’t matter how much you practice, if you don’t practice the right things, or you use improper technique, you don’t get better, you actually get worse!”
This is true, but any good student should be practicing the right things anyway. The subject at hand here is the frequency of practice.
Two students are asked to practice for a week and come back to do a playing test. Let’s assume both performers are the same talent level and practicing with a great process.
If Performer A practices for 30 minutes every other day and Performer B practices 5 hours a day, who do you think is going to be the better player at the end of the week?
This might seem like common sense, but you would be surprised how many people we meet who don’t understand the power of clocking hours.
And there are a significant amount of variables here. Some people have more natural talent than others, some people have better access to educational materials and staff, the list goes on, but the bottom line is:
THE MORE YOU PRACTICE, THE MORE OPPORTUNITY YOU HAVE TO GET BETTER.
Simple law and average goes a long way when you’re actively working on the right things in the right direction.
So do more, experiment, practice standing still, practice on the move, keep testing and learning, be analytical in your process, and keep pushing the needle forward each day. Once you make #GettingBetter the lifestyle, you will start seeing more growth than ever before.
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