“New year, new you.” I’m sure you’ve heard this slogan before. Come January 1st, the pressure on self-improvement is so prevalent that it’s practically overwhelming. Most people make New Year’s resolutions only to break them in two weeks. Losing weight, getting in shape, and saving money are all pretty common choices among the resolution pool, but have you ever thought about New Year’s resolutions focusing on music? Here’s three to get you started, but like any other resolution it’s up to you to keep them going.
- Set aside more time for practice – Try and carve out a time in your schedule each day for practice. Start with small increments of practice time (maybe 20-30 mins a day). Focus on quality of the practice sessions, not quantity. 30 mins of productive practice is better than several hours of frustrating practice.
- Experience something new in music – Make an effort to broaden your horizons this year when it comes to music. Try out that new band you’ve heard a lot about lately, but haven’t listened to yet. Go to a concert and see a headlining musician or check out some local artists in your town. If you love musicals or the performing arts, grab a friend and make it your goal to see one production this year. You’ll find that discovering something new in music can be rewarding. It will help you grow not only as a musician, but as a person too.
- Try to perform more – If you feel comfortable performing in front of people try to do it more often this year. Performing can be a rewarding experience for not only yourself, but the people who have gathered to hear you share your passion. Is performing difficult for you now? Like anything else, you will improve the more you perform. In order to achieve this resolution, check websites and search for local music venues to see about open mic nights. We here at Sessions Music have monthly performance opportunities all the time. Check out http://sessionsmusic.com/events/category/performances/ for our upcoming performance opportunities.
What do you think? Are these resolutions possible to achieve? What would you add to the list? Share your New Year’s resolutions below!