Audition Daily Blog, The Return – part 2

Ah, yes, it has been a long time since I wrote an ‘audition daily blog’ post, giving the lie to the “daily” part of that title. But I told you that was going to happen.

Getting motivated is a real struggle this time around. It’s summer, so it’s warm. The rest of my family is ‘out of school,’ so there hasn’t been a lot of structure to the days or even the weekends, which often means watching Master Chef or going to a movie on an evening when I should be practicing.

And it seems harder to get inspired to work right now. Notwithstanding–or maybe precisely because of–my “familiar, not easy” theme from my last blog post, it seems like I can’t dredge up much enthusiasm for this. All these excerpts are familiar, I’m not excited to work on them, even if I don’t play them to absolute perfection. Obviously that’s a problem I am going to have to deal with.

I’ve also been thinking about–and to some extent, integrating into my practice–the Bulletproof Musician practice concepts. Often I am finding that they introduce more questions than they solve problems. Maybe I am overthinking things, of course. But I devil myself with questions like “if I’m doing mental practice, how long a passage should I be using?” And my practice pace seems to slow to a crawl.

In my next few sessions, I feel like I have to get back to a routine of hitting each excerpt once (at a minimum); perhaps I will then get a sense of forward progress and momentum.

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2 Responses to “Audition Daily Blog, The Return – part 2”

  1. Leah says:

    Overcoming inertia is always tricky. Especially when there is Fun! To be had. Hope you are able to regain your balance. Perhaps pretending bass is an Olympic sport and you are representing our nation in the upcoming Rio games 🙂

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