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Just browsing on the internet and I came across this fantastic article on practicing. Well worth a quick read (it is short, the page just seems very long due to the user posted comments at the end of it).  

http://www.bulletproofmusician.com/how-many-hours-a-day-should-you-practice/

 

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I read an interesting column that Mark Morton of Lamb Of God had written once about being successful in music making.  Being successful to most people means alot of different things. When I was younger, I wanted to make it by writing metal songs, touring, gigging and generally living the stereotypical rock and roll life style.  As time went on, this changed as I realised what I needed to have in order to achieve that lifestyle in terms of talent, ability etc were out of my reach at that age (Well, I was only 12 at the time…).

So, how can we define being successful at music? Is it playing sold out gigs in large arenas? Is it playing to hushed audiences in exclusive cafe bars across Europe as a folk singer/song writer? Or getting a million hits on youtube for a video you’ve uploaded?  In my opinion, it can be all and non of these things.  You have to pitch your own goals and if you achieve them, then that is successful. For example, mastering a bunch of difficult chords, that’s a type of success. Learning a whole song is also a success. However, to think broader and bigger, you may want to become a regular at a local jam night or get into a local gigging band. This will then focus your mind and your road into it. Taking the song as an example, you need to know the structure, chords, timing and melody. Your destination is the learning the song, the road is learning the chords, timing, structure and melody.  Follow the road map and you’ll end up at your destination.

In essence, I am saying you need to have a goal in order to be successful. Everything we do is goal driven in some way shape or form.  Your goals can be as big as your imagination but setting realistic and achievable goals is the key to anything that you do, musically or otherwise.

 

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