Taking lessons can be fun. Making music can (and should be) fun. But practicing? That’s not always fun. Practicing is WORK. There’s no getting around it. You can get by on natural ability for so long and it will take you so far without putting in work. The work will help you improve as a musician. The work will help stretch and grow you to be able to try new things and pick up harder and harder challenges a little bit easier.
There are a whole lot of things that music lessons give you. Discipline is one of the biggest things you can learn from music. The discipline of practice, the discipline of learning, and much, much more! On this episode, Craig talks about the discipline he's learned from taking music lessons, and how you can learn discipline too!
One of the HARDEST things to do as a musician is going back and fixing what you’ve practiced incorrectly. I’ve had to do it. Or, even worse, when we’re talking about fixing bad habits. When I first started the piano, I had the awful habit of dropping my wrists. And so, my piano teacher threatened to put a quarter on the top of my hand to keep my wrists where they needed to be. Thankfully, I fixed that habit very quickly!
Here’s a fun video about what happens when we try to fix bad habits.
It’s hard. It’s frustrating. And it makes you want to give up. But, if you keep at it, keep focused and put in the work, soon that good habit will take hold and you’ll be a better musician for it!