No matter what your instrument is, we all play music because we love it.
But even if music is your number one passion, sometimes your motivation slips away a little – often for no apparent reason. All of a sudden, you find yourself dreading that evening practice, and struggle to stay focused.
It’s never a good place to be in, but it happens to all of us – and we’ve got some tips to help you get through it.
1) Remember why you started playing in the first place
Did you see a performance that blew you away? Or did you instantly fall in love with a guitar the moment you held it? Or have you always dreamed of being on stage?
Pinpoint the moment when you decided you wanted to play music, and try to remember how you felt. Focus on that feeling when you’re having a tough practice, and it’ll help you get through.
Person playing bass guitar
2) Do something different
If you’ve been practicing the same pieces for months, it’s no surprise that you’re struggling to stay motivated. Why not try learning something new for a change? Or even better, try playing something in a completely different style or genre to what you’re used to.
It won’t be easy, but that challenge might be just what you need.
Broken drumstick on snare drum
3) Change your practice routine
It’s good to have a routine, but when that routine becomes boring and unproductive, it’s time for a change.
If you’ve always done evening practices, but have started to find yourself feeling sluggish and making excuses to miss your sessions, why not give morning practices a try instead? And if your instrument allows, you could even try practicing in a different place – book a different room at school or university, or rearrange your setup if that’s all you can do. A new environment can do wonders for refreshing your mindset.
You could also try changing how you practice. If you’re finding it difficult to concentrate, try practicing little and often in short sessions, rather than doing just a couple of long sessions every week.
4) Join a group
Always played solo? Try joining an ensemble or band. They might not play in the style you’re used to, but the experience will make you a better musician in the long term – and you might even discover something new that you really enjoy.
Group of violinists playing
5) Book gigs and events in advance
Having something to look forward to or work towards can really help you to stay on track and get your practice done. This could be anything from a competition or talent show to organising your own charity gig – have a browse around and find something that interests you.
Guitarist on stage with dry ice
6) Find fellow musicians who inspire you
Go and see them perform live if you can, or watch videos of them online. Let their passion inspire you and remind you of where you want to be in the future.
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