Resolution To Practice More?

Even when you have a regular gig as house drummer on a late night talk show, you strive for it…


I’m a fan of using time to measure progress for activities like practice. Numbers just don’t lie. Of course there’s so much more to practicing than time (like quality of attention, for example). But really, time tells the truth about a situation.

So we’re at the beginning of the New Year, and I’m sure there are lots of us musicians out there starting new practice routines.  How about you?

P.S. If you don’t know about it already, you might want to read about The 10,000 Hour Rule.

7 Responses to Resolution To Practice More?

  1. Brad says:

    Funny I was reading your post and thinking “I wonder if she has read about the 10k rule??” Then got to your last line. Excellent.

  2. Carwin Young says:

    I hadn’t heard of the 10,000 hour rule, but I heard something similar from the documentary “Scratch” (about hip-hop and turntablism). I don’t remember who it was, but he said “If you give up everything — wine, women, everything for 1 year — you will be the best at what you do.”

    I don’t know who the original quote is by, nor could I find the exact quote anywhere online but I think it applies.

    So far in 2011 I’ve already gone beyond my guitar practice goal of 3-4 hours daily and created a whole album for a friend’s birthday. Sometimes you just get inspired.

  3. @carwin
    That’s awesome that you’ve already gone beyond your practicing goal! And I’ve heard about that Scratch film, but haven’t seen it yet. Thanks for reminding me about it.

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