From Bill Richardson’s charming novel, Bachelor Brothers’ Bed & Breakfast:

Many people have had this experience, I think, especially where music is concerned. We become steeped in the notion that if we can’t excel, there’s little point in pursuit.

As I’ve maintained before, for me, the pursuit is the point, although when I studied piano, I regularly likened the pursuit to learning a second language as an adult: No matter how much I practiced, facility eluded me, and my “accent” was unmistakable. Now that I teach English to adult non-native speakers, the comparison seems quite apt, but my flute teacher (I’ve been studying flute since September 2014) prefers to focus not on the disadvantages but the many, many advantages adult learners have over younger learners, including their maturity about practice and the purity of their motivation.

I will try to remember that when I screw up the chord and chromatic études yet again. Heh, heh, heh.

One thought on “Practice

  1. Yes! This is precisely how I feel about drawing and memorizing Scripture. I am terrible at both and yet I pursue them because I think the pursuit is the important thing. Perhaps I will always be terrible at them. I may have sketchbooks filled with lousy drawings and a head filled with half-learned verses, but I will not feel like I have wasted my time.

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