If you answered yes to the title of this post, then you can succeed on the saxophone! But first, let’s talk about superhero powers.
As a fun “get to know you game” I’ve heard people ask, “If you could possess any superhero power, what would it be?”
Some answers include flying, being invisible, or even shooting lasers out of their eyes. My power would be a little different. I would possess the ability to create additional time in my day.
I know, not very cool for a superhero. And I can’t imagine the outfit would be a popular costume for kids at Halloween. But just think how this would change your life! You would definitely have time to do all you ever wanted to do.
A Super Challenge
Unfortunately, this superhero power isn’t available to the public yet so we need to use other methods that are almost as effective.
Whether you work full time, or go to school all day, finding time to practice can be a super challenge. To help with this issue we wrote a blog post titled Creating More Time to Practice. Simply getting started and then staying motivated is another big challenge. Let’s go ahead and fix this issue too!
When people stop practicing, it’s not because they wanted to, it’s because they ran out of time…or at least they thought they did. I want you to understand that you have the time to learn the saxophone. If you have not begun, because of time commitment, then I am going to give you permission to do something- I now give you permission to practice the amount of time that fits in your schedule. This may only be 10 minutes- that’s OK- It still works!
The Elephant Approach
There’s a saying that goes something like this: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. In other words, if you have a big task in front of you, divide it into little tasks. Smaller tasks are much easier to accomplish. By doing the smaller tasks on a daily basis, we are able to accomplish the large task over time.
Relating an Elephant to a Saxophone
We are taking a large task and cutting it down to little pieces. We practice a little bit everyday and eventually we reach our goal. If someone was eating 2 bites of elephant per day, they would finish faster than someone eating 1 bite a day. The same goes for practicing, the person who practices 20 minutes a day will reach their goal in half the time. Note: they both reach their goal!
Simply stated- Be Consistent!
If you practice 2 hours, one day a week, you would total 2 hours of practicing that week. Practice 5-7 days a week, for 10 minutes per practice session, and you would total 50-70 minutes in the week. Here’s the kicker- You will be a better saxophone player at the end of the week with the shorter, consistent practice schedule.
Notice that consistent practicing needs about half the time to improve! Hmm, I guess in a way we are creating time. That’s the super power of consistency!
By the way, if you decide you can practice for 30 minutes a session, you will learn at an accelerated rate.
I can’t say it enough, so I will say it a few more times: consistency, consistency, consistency! You will not regret it one bit. Get started today and you will be 1 step closer to becoming the saxophone player you want to be! If you haven’t started yet, you can begin for free.
What motivates you to practice? Go ahead and answer in the comment section. I would love to hear your response. Additionally, if you liked this post, please share it with others by using the social media buttons below. I appreciate your help with getting the word out!
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