Sometimes you get caught playing a bum note

Everything that is worth doing is hard and takes practice and work. As we improve, we often forget the amount of work it took for us to get to a certain level. Whether that is with school work, an instrument or a degree. We got to the exams and each one we got used to as we went through the levels.

Can you remember the effort it took to get to the first level. Getting caught up making the same mistake over and over. As you got better, it all fell into place, apart from that one bum note. The more you practiced, the more it got embedded and as though your body thought it was the right one.

Then you got bored of trying to correct it and thought that one bum note won’t be the end of the world. The questions is: should we concentrate on sorting out the bum note or just put it down to weakness and move on.

Should you spend all the time on correcting that small weakness you have or carry on playing and strengthening the things you are already good at, to become even better. Should you learn to play that piece all the way through or decide that it sounds OK and move on to bigger and better things.

I am in the camp of working on getting to a certain capable level with most important things (basic maths etc) and then work on the things you are good at so that you can be amazing at them. I am in the camp of being the best I can be and gathering support around me of people that can do the things I can’t, better.

However, I have been thinking about it recently and wonder if that gives a get out of painful practice a bit too soon. Should we put more hard work into things that don’t come easily. Should we put the effort in. I am of the opinion that we should put the hard work in and things shouldn’t necessarily come easily, but there is such a thing as flogging a dead horse.

I don’t have an absolute answer here, for me it was a thought exercise that I decided to put down “on paper”. What I do know is that if you are working hard on something and not improving, you do need to get some help, either to help you learn better or just to get on and do it.

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