Practicing Without Perfectionism

A few words on perfectionism and practice, words I wrote as a reminder to myself and then thought I could share with you!


Perfect is the enemy of good.

In relationships, projects, house cleaning, deadlines, and pretty much all other personal expectations.

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Perfect is the enemy of good in music. In art.  In learning something new.  In practice.

I have students who can't ever seem to see their own progress because they're so hung up on their mistakes.  (I, as a perfectionist, also tend to be this way far too often.)

Life will always be bumpy.  Art will always be messy.  There are always a few mistakes.

Beethoven said, "To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable."

Don't let the messy moments keep you from the good.

Happy playing!
BRI

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