We have all heard the sayings, “Practice makes perfect” and “if you put in 10,000 hours you will master your craft and your dreams will come true…” What they don’t tell you, is that you can actually harm your career by over rehearsing. We know, the dream would be to sit home all day and just jam out with your instruments. We are going to tell you what to look for to make sure you don’t over rehearse and if you do, why it actually has a downside.
Although you are having a great time rocking out, playing music is actually pretty physical. If you’re a singer, don’t forget, your vocal cord is a muscle and the more you use it, the more of a chance you have of straining it or even worse, blowing it out. Guitarist, same thing goes for you. Running your fingers along those strings for hours on end is going to do a number on your finger tips preventing you from playing. Being exposed to loud noise for long periods of time or frequently, we do a lot of permanent damage down the road.
Sometimes, it is actually more productive to take a break, than it is to keep playing for an additional 20 minutes. Have you ever just been stuck, walked away, came back to it and it was like, nothing was ever wrong with that part to begin with?? It’s best to take a break to clear your mind. Remember, you’re trying to keep your creativity going. Sometimes you just hit a wall and the best thing to do is to walk away. It’s like “beating a dead horse“. Nothing is going to change. You are only going to become more frustrated and giving up as opposed to just taking a quick breather and coming back with a new outlook.
We have more reasons why over rehearsing has it’s down side, so come on back!