How to Get Yourself to Practice When You Don’t Feel Like It

You know those days when you soooo do not want to practice?

Where you sort of putz around the house looking for an excuse to do almost anything else?

On the plus side, I suppose those are the days when the refrigerator gets cleaned out and the bathroom cabinets get organized, but those things don’t leave us feeling especially great about ourselves at the end of the day.

Yes, that inner drive sure is nice when it’s there, on those days when we feel the motivation to develop our skills, learn new rep, or prepare for an upcoming performance or

Joshua Weilerstein: On a Conductor’s Journey, and Why It Might Be Awesome if Every Musician Spent a Day in a Conductor’s Shoes

I’ve always enjoyed a good all-you-can-eat buffet. Not so much for the all-you-can-eat part, but for the opportunity to sample lots of different things.

In a similar way, one of the things I enjoyed most about the summer festival I attended for many of my formative years, was the wide range of repertoire that the orchestras would play over the course of a summer. In nine weeks, we’d have nine concerts, with nine different programs, nine different soloists, and nearly always a different conductor.