Playing a musical instrument is just like playing a sport; you only get better with more practice. Even though playing an instrument and playing a sport takes different skills, the idea is the same: if you want to be the best, you have to work on perfecting your skills. This means putting in the hours and work to practice daily. Even though you might not want to pick up your instrument every day and practice various pieces, it’s only going to make you a better musician over time.
No one is ever great at something when they first start out (except for a few that are considered musical prodigies). When you first start playing an instrument, your melodies are off and the songs you play are geared toward beginners. But as you continue playing and practicing, your sound gets better and you’re now able to play more advanced pieces. So if you’re really interested in becoming a better musician and are really serious about advancing your musical talents, then practicing daily is an absolute must!
Create A Schedule
The easiest way to get your daily practice in is to follow a schedule. This way you can’t make excuses as to why you can’t practice because it’s already part of your daily routine. By making sure you find the time to practice, you’ll already be in the mindset that it’s time to pick up your instrument and play. Mark it in your daily calendar or let your family know not to disturb you at a certain time each day so that you can concentrate on your instrument and playing. And you don’t even have to practice for a long time since any time spent perfecting your craft will pay off in the long run! You just have to make sure that you remain consistent with your practicing even though other things might come up that might be more exciting.
Plus, shorter, more focused practices are actually more beneficial than long ones. Our brains can only do something for so long without getting bored. In addition, longer practice will make you burn out faster and actually discourage you from practicing every day, so break up your week’s practice into small, daily chunks to perfect your skills more efficiently.
Ideally, practice for about 20 minutes a day if you can. By doing this every day, at the end of 30 days you will have put in just over 9 hours of getting better at your chosen instrument. Conversely, if you only practice 20 minutes 2 days a week, you will only put in about 2 and a half hours of time to your chosen instrument. Practice, practice, practice!
Committing yourself to a schedule shouldn’t be hard since you already have some daily routines in place as it is. All you’re doing is just fitting in one more thing that’s probably more beneficial than anything else you’re doing! Those who are homeschooled are already accustomed to a daily schooling schedule, so adding in some practice for music shouldn't be a major problem.
Practice Means Improved Muscle Memory
A huge benefit of practicing daily is the added development and improvement of muscle memory. This is when you learn to do something without having to actually think about doing them. Your brain already knows what to do without actually telling your brain to do it! For instance, you might be talking to someone and still be able to play your instrument perfectly at the exact same time. But muscle memory only works when you practice regularly. If you only practice once a week, your not doing much for your muscle memory or your musical talents, so your muscles will have trouble trying to remember what you used them for during your last practice of lesson. So you won’t see much progress without the required practice daily!
You might already be aware of the numerous benefits playing an instrument provides, but the key is to keep practicing so that you can become a much more talented musician!