The New year is coming and most of us tend to reevaluate our life choices, our career, our... everything. It gives us a perfect occasion to change something and to improve. We usually promise to ourselves to start a healthy lifestyle, to lose weight, to get up 2 hours earlier in the morning, to practice a lot, etc. I have made many flute-related promises to myself at the New Year's Eve as well and then after two weeks, I have realized that nothing had changed at all. Why does it happen so? Why is it so hard to change something significant?
2018 is almost over. Have you done your annual balance yet? Probably not. We are musicians we don't do these things. That's something a businessperson would do at the end of the year or some society or organization. But we..... we are artists. We tend to treat our profession more like a mission or some divine touch of destiny and forget that being a musician is like having our own business to run daily.
Do you know the famous happy Neapolitan song called Funiculi Funicula?
Probably you have heard it in movies or in advertisements and maybe you can even hum the melody by heart. But do you know why was this song written?
I love this time of the year. The summer holidays are here and that means more time for relaxing and practicing! I think we all have our practicing methods and routines, and we all try to find what works the best for us. But there is one thing I find really important: the feedback that we give to ourselves.
1. Every time we practice we should be honest about our strong points and about the problems. There is no need to be overly enthusiastic or too humble as we don‘t have to impress anyone. When you‘re honest about your playing it is much more easy to do the next step.