Breaking down certain barriers in regards to practice is very important, even if you are a beginner or a hardened musician. While breaking down barriers may mean a variety of things to different people, we will discuss what it means in terms of practicing and getting better at your instrument. Having an ease of accessibility to your gear and instrument when it comes to practice is one of the most important parts of removing barriers.
HAVE EASY ACCESS TO YOUR GEAR:
In the experience of an abundance of musicians, the decline in motivation to practice comes with the impending routine of setting up your gear. Oftentimes, people who play instruments dread the untangling of chords, plugging in of amps and pedalboards and getting out and tuning your instruments. They may also not want to take the time to find the tone they want. These might seem like the smallest of tasks, but it is something that keeps a lot of musicians from taking real time to practice and get better. It is crucial that musicians become disciplined when it comes to practicing on their own time. One way to combat this lack of motivation is to keep your gear set up whenever and however you can. This way, you have easy access to your musical gear and a practicing space. Also, if you are not able to keep your gear out and set up, make sure to store it in a place where it can be easily accessed and taken out. In turn, this will help you in the process of getting started or making even more progress.
Being able to establish routines in your practice of a musical instrument is also a great way to start removing barriers. For example, setting up an at-home practice schedule and practicing at the same times every day will add to your motivation to practice. This might be different for some people, especially when deciding whether you practice better in the morning, afternoon or night. Lastly, having a routine of what you need to do when going in for in-person lessons will give you the ability to set up and start playing and learning right away. Adding the ease of accessibility to your gear and instruments when it comes to practicing, and setting up routines are just two ways to start removing the barriers that come when learning an instrument. By doing these things, you are a couple of steps closer to becoming the musician you want to be.