I have come to realize that I am a master at the art of self distraction. Â Over time I have become very good at derailing myself from accomplishing my goals. Â It’s become a common scenario, I start something, a new practice routine, a new technique, ear training, etc. Â State clear goals and have good intentions, then somewhere down the line, for various reasons, I convince myself to change course. Â Case in point, I have recently been feeling that I am in one of those growth periods when it comes to learning music and playing bass. Â Theory concepts are really starting to make sense to me, my playing has improved, and my bass is really starting to feel like a part of me, an extension of myself if you will. Â Obviously this is great! Â All my time in the shed is finally starting to pay off. Â So, what do I do? Â Ride the wave as far as I can? Â No, I convince myself that now is the time to make the switch to 5 string.
Inherently there is nothing wrong with this course of action. Â I am finally understanding how the low B string can be useful, and keeping myself challenged is what it’s all about, right? Besides, a few of the songs I play with my band really do lend themselves better to the 5. All good right? Â No problem here. Â Wrong! Â What about the strides I made on my 4 string? Am I really ready to move on to the 5? Â Have I truly achieved the goals I set for myself and am ready to move on? Â When I take an honest look at it, I have to say no, I haven’t. Â I’ve really only taken it so far. Reached a plateau and took another course. Â I need to reevaluate, make a course correction and finish what I started before moving on to something new. Â Sure, getting comfortable with the 5 string is important and I want to start playing it more, but maybe not just yet. Â At least not as a complete redirection, maybe I can add it in slowly to my current regimen, working it in as I work out the 4.
A large part of the learning experience for me is keeping myself on track. Â Writing down my goals and following through on them. Â This seems so simple, yet for me it is a constant battle. Â As that there is still so much that I want to learn, in music as well as other aspects of my life, being a master at the art of self distraction can really be aÂ hindrance. Â Guess itâ€™s time toÂ review my goals and get back on track, if I don’t get distracted.Â ;-)Â
How about you? Â What creative things do you come up with that hinder your learning progress? Leave a comment or drop me a note, Iâ€™d love to hear that Iâ€™m not alone in this. Â