Practice Ritual



The piece I chose was more difficult that I thought. It’s fast, intricate, it’s Haydn.

I procrastinate in practicing it because, well, it’s daunting.

I don’t like failing, and I don’t like seeing how far behind I am or how much more work is needed.

But last night it got easier. I heard progress.

I found out the best time I can practice: nighttime.

Three candles light up the small room. A dim lamp behind me providing just enough light so I can see the notes on the page.

I took the clock off the wall and put it face down, time doesn’t exist.

Once I started playing the notes, it didn’t feel like I was practicing. I was just watching my hands move miraculously. The movements were more familiar to my hands.

I repeated difficult passages slowly until I got it.

I didn’t feel tired anymore… and before I knew it, 2 hours had passed.

This will be my new practice routine. My new practice ritual.


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