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  • Writer's pictureJames Danderfer

In the Practice Room: Goal Setting vs. The Curious Mind

Hello, good morning, and welcome to the Saturday Morning News Post! This is gonna be a short one, because, well... it's already Saturday Morning as I write this!

Thinking about my last "Monday Midday" IG talk with David Blake, one of the ideas that stuck with me was his description of practicing as "just being curious and exploring," as opposed to trying to achieve a certain goal, whether it be a musical goal or simply a set amount of time.

I like it. I like it a lot.

Same aim really, to spend time on your instrument and get better at something, but one mindset sets up the possibility of failure (if you don't achieve that goal) while the other is just, kinda... having fun with music.

I think a mix of the two ideas might work best of all. Spending time with the instrument, having some practice goals, but within the framework of being curious in music and exploring.

So be curious, and have some fun in the practice room. You'll practice more, enjoy yourself more, and get better along the way.

Thanks for reading and have a great week everyone!


(Painting by Camille Corot, "The Curious Little Girl")

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