You probably have times in your life when you listen to some of your favorite artists and suddenly feel down on your self. You begin to compare yourself to great artists and get the feeling that you are no good. I know that I go through this all the time.
But here is the secret: The trick to being a great artist is practice.
I am sure that you are thinking: Wow, thanks Alex. I never knew that I needed to practice to get better.
In all seriousness, I know how hard it can be, in today's world, to sit down and work on music for a while. There are many days where I don't feel inspired. All I want to do on these days is watch some YouTube videos or surf the internet.
To help break this bad habit, I have decided to do a few things:
- First, I cleared out my entire internet history. This may seem unrelated, but my browsing habits make use of Firefox's down arrow in the URL bar. When I click on it, it shows me the sites that I visit the most. By clearing my history, my browsing habit gets disrupted.
- Second I set an alarm on my phone to go off at 5pm every day. During most days of the week, I am usually at home during this time, making it an ideal time to get some practice in.
Now, my question for you is: What can you do to get more practice in? If we ever want to become great musicians, we need to discipline ourselves into practicing every day.