It feels so awesome to have practiced four hours. Not only because it’s my goal for this summer but because the positive effects are compounding. The more I play, the easier it is to play. The longer I play, the easier it is to play longer. A few weeks ago I couldn’t imagine mentally and physically how it would feel to go from lame to awesome (1.5 hours to 4) but now I’m at a point where I could see what it might be like to practice for 5 or 6 hours a day. I’m not there yet, but I could see it. :)
We got our assignments today (woohoo, Don Juan and an Elgar arrangement of a Bach fantasia and fugue) as well as work shifts, so the next week has been filled pretty much top to bottom. There are brief windows in which I can get a meal and then practice or vice versa, but not a lot of wiggle room if I’m going to maintain my goal. I’m kind of excited about being so busy- I tend to get more done when I have more to do.
I didn’t have any profoundly original thoughts on practicing today other than working with past observations (they’re all still working) so I’m just going to link to an article which is a transcription of a podcast I listen to sometimes. It’s about how to create a better to-do list. When to make it, how to prioritize the things in it, and how to use it after it’s made. Get It Done Guy’s “How to Create a Better To-Do List.”