Fear not – all is not lost – there are, after all, nearly 90 days remaining to make some progress. So you can end the year with a strong (and deserved) feeling of accomplishment! And if you are no longer aligned with the goals you set (or if you never got around to setting goals), here are seven things you can still finish this year to end on a high note of accomplishment!
- Now is not the time to be wishy-washy – identify specifically what you want to work on (e.g., “I want to play Glenlivet at 200bpm” rather than, “I want to play faster”).You can file your paper music – Alphabetically? Chronologically? By type? Up to you, just do file in a way you can find it!
- Make your 3 x 5 card index of tunes so you can keep more of your repertoire in your fingers (see previous post).
- Identify “little things” that need to be fixed in tunes you are already playing – and dedicate the remaining year to fixing them (you know, smooth out that fingering that always makes you miss in the fast tune; actually do the exercises and etudes that will allow you do perform a technical element accurately; commit to memory that chord progression for that air that you love but always stumble in).
- Identify appropriate, strong, measurable goals for next year – and write them down! (and there is nothing magic about 1 January – you can start now)
- Commit to actually practice every day for the rest of the year.
- Write down what you do each day so you can see your progress.