What’s Your Practice?

Recently, one of my favorite questions to bug people with has been “What is it you do to train that is comparable to a pianist practicing scales?” If you don’t know the answer to that one, maybe you are doing something wrong or not doing enough. Or maybe you are (optimally?) not very ambitious?

A very good question and an illuminating answer at the link.

2 thoughts on “What’s Your Practice?”

  1. I like how there are a lot of people in the comments who are like, “But to compare it to practicing scales, you need a defined goal! Otherwise it’s just a hobby that anyone can do!”

    What’s funny is that you don’t really need a solid goal to do these things. If you’re a writer, but you don’t have a project right now, you should still read and write and do relevant research every day — just as you would if you did have a project. Practicing scales is a warm-up activity that is applied to the theory of music performance, just as a practicing reading and writing is a warm-up activity that is applied to the theory of academics/writing/etc. People seem to think that the things the author of the post listed aren’t “work” (except for teaching). But in context that’s exactly what it is: part and parcel of being in whatever field he’s in.


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