Morning Schedules for Musicians

Mornings are truly one of those things in life that it is what you make it. We have to admit, we too were once guilty of practicing and playing shows late into the evening and sleeping way past the morning, but there's something to be said for a musician's lifestyle incorporating all that quiet, peaceful, slow-moving mornings have to offer.

Most of the music industry is notorious for being night owls. For one reason or another, it seems as if our ears start to perk up and tune in just a little more once falls. However, on the flipside, there are those other alien life forms of musicians who thrive right after sunrise. They find that this is the time where the world is still at rest and therefore at peace, asking the very least of you that they'll ask all day. A good point was made by Hub Guitar, who reminded us that “Practicing in the morning ensures that you will always spend some of your budgeted time on guitar. At any other time of the day, you may already have spent (or committed to spend) your time and energy.” Once everyone else wakes up around you, it's easy to become consumed by all the wants and needs of your world and your day can escape you... over and over. Until you step in or embrace those early few hours of stillness and mostly silence.

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If you can swing it, for both the benefit of your own personal health and sanity and your musicianship alike, attempt to not check your phone for the first hour of the day. Don’t agree to anything or even focus too much on letting a buffet breakfast take over your morning - just stick to the task at hand, eat something quick, simple and of sustenance. Allow your mind to wander, but be sure to set that alarm for once your obligations are set for, as it’s certainly easy to get lost in the trance of music and end up being late to the rest of your daily schedule.

Now, one hiccup that can occur when trying to embrace all things morning is that it’s easy to just assume that you aren’t a “morning person” - but you have to build the routine and method for yourself and you will indeed adjust if you give it time and patience. You must set yourself up for success, however. Go to be early, or at a reasonable time, to let your brain and body rest. Even if you can’t do it every night, make a promise to yourself and your musicianship that you’ll give that brain a break when you can. If you’re out playing five nights a week, try to tuck in early on this sixth and seventh days.

When you're just starting out in your adventures with mornings, go easy. Don't keep a strict schedule every single day, especially in the beginning, or else you just might burn out a little too quickly. Allow yourself to learn what you love about mornings. Is it the fact that you can hear the birds waking up around you, before the city begins to roar and unfold? Or is it the fact that the rest of your household is yet to be tugging at you? Find what type of morning energy aligns with you and aim to recreate and nourish it day after day.