For those of you who would like a glimpse into our family's musical routine, we recently captured a typical practice session in our guitar studio (i.e. - bedroom)...
Please note: No instruments were in any way harmed during the following documentation.
Phase 1 - You pick up your instrument with excitement, and listen to the song you're assigned to learn. You begin eagerly, as you're confident the complicated licks and chords you envision will be simple to teach your fingers to play.
Phase 2 - You're mind is fully concentrated as you go over and over the song, one measure at a time. Slowly. Painstakingly.
Phase 3 - You suddenly realize the complicated licks you'd envisioned are INDEED complicated, and your fingers don't seem to be making any progress in the right direction. You're tempted to give up.
Phase 4 - Determination fills your body as you grasp the instrument and start over. Slowly. Painstakingly. You fight feelings of frustration. Why do our brains have such a difficult time communicating with our fingers?!
Phase 5 - You begin to feel violent thoughts towards your instrument and the so-called beautiful song you were supposed to learn. At this point, it's generally safest for all involved to call for a short break.
Phase 6 - Take a few hours' break and start over with Phase 1.
"And whatever you do, do it heartily..."