Have you ever heard the saying “Practice makes perfect”? Well, I want to challenge your thinking with this. If practice makes perfect and you’re practicing wrong, then does that equal out to perfection? I challenge you to adopt this phrase in your practice (whether it be music or anything else): “Perfect practice makes perfect”. Perfection is always a goal we should all strive for even though we will never reach it. The idea is that if you want to get better at what you do as a musician, then you need to make “perfect practice makes perfect” your goal and your mantra. In order to get better at what you do, keep a challenge in front of you. That passage of music that seems impossible is only impossible until you attack it one note at a time. That complicated fingering to make the right notes come out gets easier as you do it. Repetition the right way is the key to success. Here’s some additional fuel to your practice fire. If “perfect practice makes perfect” then does “average practice makes average”? Or “bad practice makes bad”? One thing we all know to be true and easily achieveable: “No practice makes nothing!”
What do you think? Shared wisdom makes us all stronger.