In earlier times, practicing was a matter of course, you liked to go to your instrument and practiced and played for several hours and was so concentrated that you lost all sense of time.
Today, going to the instrument is like a difficult hurdle, there are more and more excuses instead of reasons for it.
Here are five reasons of the advantages of practising:
1. Fun: Fun is probably one of the biggest factors. It is the reason most people choose this instrument. At the beginning you can hardly wait to sit on the drums and do the first few hits. The more you learn, the more fun you get.
2. Improving skills: Through constant practice, we gradually expand our skills on the instrument. We also achieve personal growth and thus also increase our self-confidence, which encourages us to stay on the ball.
3. Increase in brain power: Yes, you read that right, practice actually increases the performance of our brain. Practice creates new connections in the brain, so-called neural networks. By repeating over and over, these networks deepen. In addition, they build on what is already there, which means you learn faster.
4. The 10,000 Hour Rule: According to Anders Ericsson, a Florida State University psychologist, it takes 10,000 hours to master a certain skill. Of course you can take the number of these hours as a benchmark, but the values that make up this rule can be adopted into your everyday life, namely perseverance, discipline and endurance. Ask yourself when was the last time you stayed on something until you could do it?
5. Routine: People love routine. Doing certain things at a certain time is what gives us some kind of structure and doesn’t let us get bogged down. It is better to practice continuously for 10 minutes every day than for 4 hours once a week. This regular practice lets us learn things faster and thus makes progress more productive.
What we do again and again becomes easier – not because the nature of the task has changed, but because our ability to do it has increased.
The saying “practice makes perfect” should be renamed to “perfect practice makes perfect”. The main difference is that you practice right the first time and not after the fifth, seventh or nineteenth attempt. As a result, we not only make progress on the instrument, but also in life.