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Tip #1 – Find Clever Ways to Push Your Comfort Zone!
Working with skills that are your weak points, can be a difficult task at best just because you’re having to face what you don’t do well on an instrument that isn’t exactly friendly to begin with. So I’ve learned to disguise my practicing with changing my mindset about it. While working on improvisation and working scales, arpeggios, etc. I try to turn them into more than just running those patterns. I also try to turn these exercises into endurance and range exercises… things I’ve been doing for years already, just not in that particular manner. Give this a shot… you may find that you’ll be working on more than just one or two things that are really scary at first!
Tip #2 – Distractions
Sometimes we do need distractions to keep us healthy. But the funny thing about those distractions is that they can actually take over and keep you from your work. The best thing to do is strike a balance between being distracted and actually doing / accomplishing work.
For instance, when we reach a new level of frustration, it’s easy to just stop what you’re doing, put it down, but never really get going again. Sometimes striking a balance can be as simple as just taking a break but focus on what you need to do when you go back to work. Slow things down, give yourself a chance to really let things sink in, and move forward.
As simple or as common sense as this sounds, it’s amazing how many of us never find that balance.
“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
1926-2012, Author and Speaker
Have a GREAT week!