"Every day I practice one hour more than the day before."
This is what my soon-to-be best friend told me upon meeting her at orientation for music school. I was shocked, because as we know, time is limited and there are only 24 hours a day. Plus she was still finishing up high school - which takes up 7ish of those 24 potential practice hours.
After hearing what my competition would be like in college I was dismayed at my own 30 mins or so of practicing and was determined to practice more and harder.
That being said, I completely burnt myself out on music in school - trying to practice 8-10 hours a day. My love of playing was gone. My progress was meek and I was questioning my musical path entirely.
After college, my desire for playing came back, but it was creeping back not through classical music, but through improvisation, composition and learning fiddle music and styles from around the world. I took what I learned and started writing...