1. Practicing is essential in two ways:
- The word “essential” can mean “absolutely necessary.” It is absolutely necessary for people who play musical instruments to practice.
- “Essential” also refers to the most basic, real, and invariable nature of something – what it is at the core when you boil everything else away. When you boil down the universal human activity of trying to get better at something, what you find at the core is practicing.
2. The essential process of practicing can be described like this:
- Decide what you want to accomplish
- Try it
- Assess how you did
- Make adjustments
3. For most of us who cultivate the skill of playing an instrument, practicing is our primary experience of music. It requires more time, more energy, more conscious thought, more physical activity, more emotional commitment than anything else in our musical lives.
4. Practicing as important as the music we play.
5. Practicing is teachable, and it's too important not to teach.
6. Good practicing displays and develops good character.