Posted by banjobandit on Monday, February 18, 2008
Though it pays off in the long run, sometimes practice seems more like a chore. I try to practice at least an hour every day, sometimes my fingers just don't want to speed up, and that's frustrating. When I took lessons, I would go 3-4 days without practicing and then try to remember what I was supposed to be learning and force my fingers to get it (at least to the point where my teacher would think I'd been practicing everyday.)
That sounds like someone who loves the banjo, doesn't it? lol. I try to make a game out of practicing now, I'll sit in my room and pretend I'm practicing in a room with my favorite artists (Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Alison Krauss, you get the idea.) I'm beginning to notice that my imaginative practice method works.
I'm curious, what kind of mental "crutch" (if any) do you guys employ when practicing?
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