5 Ways To Curb Fear Based Practicing

Written by Laura Ramsey

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There is such thing as too much practice.  It happens when practice is paired with tension, fear, and anxiety.  Sometimes a practice routine can become a form of obsessive compulsion. Grasping at an idea of perfection is usually based on a comparison of self to another artists’s work or approval based.  Music is highly subjective and the pleasure received from listening to it is entirely based on the individual listener.  That’s great news!  Every person with the desire to play music can irrefutably do so and can do so entirely uniquely.  If you look at all of your favorite artists you will likely notice that they are famous because they did something in a way that only they could.   

1. Learning to play one note really well.   

2. Learning one song really well because a friend or family member loves that song and it is fulfilling to perform it for them.   

3. Preparing a full recital to test your focus, drive, and ability.  It’s the same concept of training for a race. 

4. Playing for yourself with no specific goal in mind.  For those who take private music lessons; utilizing your teacher to share your discoveries or ask questions to further your experimentation can be exceptionally helpful in this free form process.  This method can be highly therapeutic for anyone who already struggles with generalized anxiety. 

5. Make up your own song!

Practice should be enjoyable, not a fraught filled daily chore fueled by fear of not being good enough or of failure.  Music practice is to be enjoyed in a way that fulfills the personal gratification that the learner desires from music. 

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