Today I wanted to give you some practical tips for practicing as an adult.
As an adult, there is no one telling you "go practice" except your own brain (and then there's the other part of the brain that says "let's watch Netflix instead.")
I've been experimenting with practice habits for years and here's what I've come up with that is the most universally relevant my students:
- Leave the fiddle out of the case and ready to go. If at all possible, have the fiddle available in a safe place (away from pets, heating or a/c vents, etc)
- Practice in the morning. Five minutes before you go to work can perk up your day and inspire you to pick it up later on.
- Get rid of practice streaks. Humans love doing things consecutively in terms of habits. We like to accomplish practicing EVERY day, which is great until life happens and we don't play. Instead of trying to make an endless streak of practice days work on the skill of getting right back to it after an off...