Practice Makes Perfect

The less glamorous, behind the scenes truth of becoming a musician who appears to simply be gifted - is the blood, sweat and tears behind their practice. From the calluses of bass players, the abstaining from coffee of singers, the missed parties and early nights in - we discuss the theory of 10,000 hours and how & why practice makes perfect.image-2019-05-28.jpg

In the book, The Outliers, "Gladwell explains that reaching the 10,000-Hour Rule, which he considers the key to success in any field, is simply a matter of practicing a specific task that can be accomplished with 20 hours of work a week for 10 years." We're sure that you've heard your friends go on and on at one point or another that you absolutely must put in these hours to get the savant results that you're looking for. However, in recent years, there has been much discussion as to how very untrue this is - as a simple number cannot guarantee a result, as there are simply too many factors involved in the outcome. 

One theory that seems a bit more promising, is the idea that Thomas Edison, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckerberg have all embraced - the 10,000 experiment rule. This embodies the idea of failing until you run out of ways to fail. In fact, this is one of our very favorite ways of succeeding and learning - by learning what you should not do.

When it comes to practice, we know that means that you're going to have to skip a lot of fun things and stay indoors when the sun is shining - but, if you truly love, this will be something that you want to do that feels unforced. On the flipside, it's crucial to mention that some days you simply won't feel like it. Don't be too hard on yourself. Do something else until you feel better, just give yourself a small window of time to shift your mood & don't get completely sidetracked so that you end up never practicing at all. 

Additionally, it's important to note the methods in which you practice. If you have poor technique, you're only getting better at bad technique - don't waste your time on that! So, we strongly suggest to get your methods down before you put the time in to perfect them. 

Finally, don't forget to reward yourself for putting so much heavy lifting and hard work into your future. Treat yourself to a night on the town if you successfully practice every night. Or, it can be a smaller reward, like getting to watch 30 minutes of your favorite show.

Hang in there. Results take time but your future self is already high-fiving you!