How do I improve my skills on them?
The best way to learn a skill is by practicing it, which is when you’re doing it right – not too often, and not for too long either.
If you don’t want to do that, you could just be doing the skill to try some variations because you’re not feeling good about it.
But if you’re already doing it right, you should be spending more time practicing the skill.
That means more practice, and more practice means better, stronger skills.
(Yes, there is also the possibility that you’re doing it right for personal learning, or you’re practicing to improve on something or someone else. You may also have the opportunity to experiment and refine things for fun. But that’s for another post; don’t be discouraged.)
If you play on instruments but no one knows what you play, you might feel like a loser, but that’s ok.
If you play piano, that’s cool too.
You don’t need anyone to tell you what you play, and if you play just one thing well, other people won’t know what you play anyways.
So if you play something that no one knows, you can do it on your own.
How do I get the most out of my practice time?
Don’t expect to practice everything perfectly first.
You can’t expect that from your practice.
That’s called self-doubt.
It’s a bad habit to have. It’s a way to avoid practicing and get stuck. The more you practice, the less you can expect.
If you find yourself thinking too much about your practice, you’ll start to play without really giving it your best.
You’ll think that this is the way you’ll always play. Maybe it will be one day, maybe not.
You might also get so used to practicing that it doesn’t feel worthwhile anymore.
If that happens, you should check to see if you really need to practice that skill.
Maybe you can’t get too tired with a practice session of something you think you’ll never master.
Or maybe it feels like too much work.
At the end of the session, practice is great without being boring. When you can feel good about what you’ve done, practice feels more worthwhile.
But if it feels like you’re doing the same thing over and over for 10 hours,