Welcome back, by now you know as the famous quote goes, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.” All serious musicians know how much time you must spend practicing to achieve success. It’s essential whether you’re a beginner, amateur, or professional. U2 still practices before their tours, as do some of the world’s most acclaimed classical musicians. However, be careful – there is such a thing as over-rehearsing. Just like athletes, you can only push yourself so far until you break. While practicing should be a number-one priority in your music career – you’ve got to be an excellent musician first before anything else can happen, right? – be aware of the following dangers of overdoing it, as the consequences can range from band arguments to permanently damaged vocal muscles.
Let’s continue to be smart about this.
Sometimes you just can’t force creativity. You would like to think that if you put this much time aside to create music and great lyrics that it is all going to just fall in to place. Sometimes the best lyrics come when you don’t have a pen or a piece of paper within 20 miles of you! Creativity will come, so you always need to be ready for that. If you are forcing yourself to try to write new songs, it’s going to be harder than you think. Again, this is where you need to take a step back, take a breath, walking around, go get something to eat and come back to it later.
Finally… if you practice too much you are going to burn out worse than someone smoking weed for 45 years, not to mention, your passion will begin to slip through your fingers. Would you eat a hamburger every day for the rest of your life? At first you might think, hey, this is awesome! After a while, you’re going to lose your taste for something that you used to once love.