How Can I Become More Enthusiastic About Practicing?

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.”

Unfortunately, when I was in high school, enthusiasm had nothing to do with my reasons for practicing. Except for those times when I had a new piece to learn, practicing was not something I enjoyed or looked forward to.

How Does One Bounce Back From Crushing Disappointments?

Have you ever wanted something so badly, that you couldn’t imagine what you would do if things didn’t work out your way?

Failing to get into your first choice school. Failing to advance in the competition you’ve spent the last nine months preparing for. Coming up just short in the audition for your dream orchestra, which hasn’t had an opening in five years.

How are we supposed to rebound from moments like these?

The 5-step formula…or not
I wish there were a 5-step formula for getting back on your feet with a smile.

The Point of Practicing Is To…?

How would you complete the following sentence?

The point of practicing is to…

…to get better? …to play better in tune? …to improve the quality of your sound?