Take a Break
Posted by: david at 9:43 pm on September 25th, 2016
We are generally taught that the more we play, the better musicians we will be. I have even blogged about this very subject. There are however, times in my musical journey that I have found that taking a break has actually been very beneficial.
The first time this occurred was during the summer after my first year of college. As a music major, I spent the majority of my time studying or playing music. I had learned an immense amount of information and playing techniques, all of which needed time to set in.
Due to some health reasons I was unable to spend much time playing my saxophone during that summer. When school started back up that following fall I was ready to go and hit the ground running. What I found was that many of my old habits which I had been trying to correct had simply disappeared and what remained was the good I had been striving for.
More recently, I am getting back into singing after some time off from vacation and the general busyness in the weeks that followed. I had expected some backsliding to have occurred. Fortunately the opposite has occurred. My voice is strong as ever and even a bit more agile.
So, the thing to take away from this post is that once in a while it is a good thing to take a short break from studying your instrument. This break can be something as small as a short 10 minute break to refresh during longer practice session. Or it could be taking a week off after a big audition or concert. This will allow you to return to your study refreshed and ready to learn with a clear mind.
If you have any questions or would like to sign up for private lessons contact The Marion Music Academy at 319-377-3343.
A graduate of Luther College, David Arnold has been providing high quality private music lessons to students of all ages for over 15 years. His specialties include saxophone, guitar, and bass guitar. Drawing upon his diverse musical background, David provides a unique experience that merges his formal training in music with his professional performance experiences. Students will learn to be confident, well rounded musicians that are capable of performing in a wide array of musical settings.