Myth: In order to become the best musician I can be, I have to practice my instrument for several hours every day. It makes sense, right? The more you practice your instrument the better you will become. We?ve all heard those stories as well; about the musicians that practice for long hours every day to become successful. But that does not need to be the case for everyone.
Fact: It doesn?t necessarily matter how long you practice your instrument, just as long as you?re practicing effectively. Learning to play a new instrument should be a daily commitment but it does not need to encompass your whole life. Practicing correctly for an hour a day, or even every other day, can actually help you progress faster. Your body needs time to rest your fingers and arms and your mind needs time to soak up the new information. If you practice for too long then you could injure or overwork yourself.
Similarly, playing an instrument for several hours a day can actually harm your progress. If you?re practicing nonstop then you might not have time to take a break and assess your progress and mistakes. If you practice for hours a day but aren?t practicing correctly, then you?re spending hours learning to play the mistakes. This can be damaging because after a few hours of practicing poorly, you can pick up bad habits that could be hard to break.
The best way to practice is however feels right for you. If you can manage playing for long periods of time and are progressing, then that?s fine. But that does not need to be the case for everyone.
More music lesson myths:
Piano Lesson Myth: Practicing means playing a piece from start to finish over and over.
Singing Lesson Myth: Classically Trained Singers Can?t Sing Popular Music
Piano lesson myth: I haven?t played piano in years and now I have to start over.