I used to be a big basketball fan. Not really an Allen Iverson fan but you’ve gotta love that video.
In honour of the NBA announcing there will actually be a bit of a season this year I thought I’d use Mr. Iverson’s glowing example and talk about…practice.
Let’s be honest. Not a lot of us like to practice. We like to be good at what we do, but we don’t like to practice. I remember when I was taking piano lessons somewhere around the age of 8. I would do anything and everything to waste time when I was supposed to be practicing. When I actually would practice I’d get terribly frustrated and storm off vowing that I would never touch a piano ever again. Quick shout out to my parents for making me stick it out at least until grade 5.
But without practice you can never be good. So if we all want to be good, let’s face the facts.
We gotta practice
At this time I could point out why we should be practicing because as worship musicians we are doing this for God. I talked a little about that in this post if you’re interested.
I’d like to focus on the practical side.
Here’s what happens if you DO practice
- you come in confident of your parts
- you can easily deal with any last minute changes to the set or arrangements
- you make things sound better
- you don’t make a fool of yourself
- you make your worship leader/pastor/old lady in the front row really happy
- you get better
- you come in not really knowing how you’ll contribute
- you hope you’ve got enough basic skills to keep up, but you still get lost
- you let the rest of the band down and waste their time
- you play a lot of wrong notes and distract people
- you stress out your worship leader/pastor/old lady in the front row
- you don’t get better
The choice is up to you. We’ve got a lot of things on our plates these days. I know it’s hard to make time for practicing. I’m actually writing this because I’m the one who did a terrible job of making sure I was prepared this week.
I want to be better. I need to be better.
In the next couple weeks I’m going to have a few of our musicians from Saanich Baptist Church guest post about their practice techniques. We all do things differently. I hope we can find some things to latch on to that will make us better when we put them into practice.
what are some of your practice strategies?