I keep practicing but my fingers won’t answer!! Deal with frustration
Today I want to tell you how we deal with frustration. The word frustration itself makes you want to leave the instrument aside and jump right inside of the bed. Don’t worry, we’ve got a solution
We have all feel that kind of frustration, when you practice for hours and hours and the only result you get is: your headaches, your fingers hurt and you are very mad!
Don’t take it personally, because that happens to EVERY musician!
Our living standards make us busy people and playing an instrument requires as much calm as we can. If you want to learn how to play a song, bear in mind that there are a few hours you will have to invest in that process.
Try to save 1 hour and 1.5 hours to practice. Will you try to play the song perfect within the first 5 minutes? NO!! Huge mistake. That will lead you to frustration, and we definitely don’t want that.
What you will do first is some kind of warming up. Play a small part of the song nice and calmly so your fingers start remembering the song.
Did you know? Our fingers have a great memory!
Once you’ve done that small warmup, it’s time to start studying. It is important to divide the song into sections so you feel that step by step, you have all the pieces of the puzzle!
Keep practicing these sections with the different techniques so you won’t get bored!
Don’t be too hard on yourself! Keep calm, you will get it all together eventually 🙂
Once you feel secure with one section, try playing it at a regular speed.
- Did you do well? GREAT! But don’t feel like the work’s all done, keep practicing later!
- It didn’t work? IT’S OKAY. You will do it right sooner than later. Just keep on going.
Has it already been an hour? Break time: make yourself a cup of tea, eat something, go for a walk, pet your cat for a while…
How are you doing so far? I hope that well!
Playing an instrument is one of the best things there are: you can play when you are happy, you can play when you are sad, when you want to cry, when you want to impress your date, when you want to sing at the top of your lungs…
So… don’t give up! Great musicians spent daily hours and hours playing their instruments in order to get even better. We don’t want to be less 😉