Successful Practices Deduced from Successful Players
I wanted to share this interesting article I found shared on a posting on Facebook. As you know, we're all about artists getting their practice routines down so that they are practicing more efficiently, better, faster, and coming to a place where at the end of their practice, there is greater reward. Increased practice discipline, while it can create its own reward, can be taken to extremes. I've read a fanzine article or two about musicians practicing eight hours a day. Some readers see that, especially when it comes from a famous and highly-compensated artist, and without applying any skepticism, believe it represents the truth of what it means to be a great and successful artist.
There are a few things to consider:
- THIS particular practice form works for THIS artist
- This practice form is an exaggeration based on how the artist wishes to be seen by his/her fellow artists
- This practice form is an exaggeration based on how the artist wishes to be seen by his/her fans
- This practice form is a deception based on the artist wishing to keep successful practice methods secret
- This practice form is an embellishment of the interviewer
- This practice form is being communicated inaccurately because it's coming third-hand ( heard from a friend, who heard it from a friend, who...)
Here is the article from CreativityPost.com: http://www.creativitypost.com/psychology/8_things_top_practicers_do_differently
The article describes, when posed with a challenging piece of music, the techniques that the players who most successfully played the music applied. There are eight techniques that were used. The most successful players shared a number of them.
Depending on how regimented your own practice regime is, application of some of these techniques could offer a good bit of assistance.