Have you wondered what exactly is the hardest part of being a musician?
In my opinion, keeping the performing level you are at.
That means staying in shape—working against procrastination, our #1 enemy.
What if you’ve been playing over 10 years, how can you still open your case to practice your instrument?
It is not so easy to think about playing scales when you have done it for what feels like ages, right?.
I’ve wrote many articles on motivation but today I want to take a different approach on the subject.
If having strength to open your case is the main problem, I invite you to take one second and visualize your goals.
Where do you want to go?
What do you want to achieve while living here on earth?
Imagine for a second that you have all the money in the world—what would you do?
Would you buy an orchestra and play principal flute just because you can?
Would you hire the Hollywood Symphony to record your compositions?
What would be your wish if you didn’t have limitations?
The answer to those questions will take you to your passion—the thing(s) you really want to achieve in life, your goals.
Musicians must realize what they want in order to change the brain into “taking action” mode. Once your brain send the right signals you will move toward it immediately.
You have to play those etudes. Scales are not boring if you don’t make them boring. Think and re-think bowings, phrases, intonation, counterpoint, etc.
Remember that the greatest musicians have the basics abilities of their instrument completely mastered.
That is where you want to be. It is the only common goal for us performers—to master the basics of the instrument. To take the overall control of that piece of wood, brass or whatever material your instrument is made of. You know etudes get you there! you also know scales help with these problems as well. The reason you are in music is because you love everything about it, even scales and etudes, you just haven’t realize that yet! 😉
To love those things is to dream and believe that it will help you get to Carnegie Hall, or not, but they will help you become a better competitor 😉 . The main goal is to be at the cutting edge of your technique so that you end up achieving personal and professional goals in music. Because you want to move forward in your career, everybody wants that, but only when you are clear on what you want, you can actually move toward it with ease.
No matter how far your goal may be, taking baby steps is the only way to make it come true. Those small steps will have enough time between each other to mature—building the essential tools to arrive completely prepared to what is going to be an achieved goal.