Remember how excited you were when you first decided to learn to play your instrument? The anticipation of getting your first instrument out of its case? The elation after having your first lesson or playing your first piece? No? Well we need to fix that.
During the week you will create three lists of 10 things:
10 things you like about the music you play on your instrument.
10 things you like about music.
10 things you like about your instrument.
Before you begin your first practice of the week you need to write yourself a list of 10 things you like about the music you play on your instrument. These could be the rhythm of the music (“it”s really jazzy…) or it could be the style (“this piece is fun…). It doesn’t matter what it is as long as you complete a list of 10 things you like about the music you play.
Once you have made this list you can then go on and do your first session of practice. For your next practice get out this list and re-read it to remind yourself of all the reasons you like the music you play.
Before your next practice session (this will be your third of the week) you need to write another list of 10 things. This list should contain 10 things you like about music. These can be anything you like – it could be your favourite band, or concert but you must give a good reason why you like them. Once you have written this list re-read it along with the previous list and then begin your practice.
For your next practice session re-read both the lists you have made so far and then begin to play.
For the final list of 10 things for the week you need to make a list of 10 things you like about your instrument – this could be the way it looks, the way it sounds the people that play it – anything at all. Once you have done this re-read your other 2 lists and begin your practice.
For all of your other practice sessions that week read your lists before you begin. Also take your lists along to your next lesson so that your teacher can see them and talk about them with you.
Remind yourself why you play your instrument on a regular basis and you will find that you enjoy playing and practising more.