Did I tell you I joined a band? I’m in a Bavarian Beer Garden band, playing my accordion. (Read: “Oompah Band”)
One of the things I’ve learned about myself over the years is that if I want to do something, I need to have people around me who expect it done. I’m generally not self-motivated, but when something is really important to me, I find that I can join with others who will keep each other accountable to do it.
I’m a musician, but not a very good one. Why? Because I like to play around, but I don’t like to practice. So I can play lots of songs fairly well, but nothing that’s “performance ready”. But being in a new band means that others need me to actually be able to play the songs all the way through without stopping! So, now I feel the need, and have the desire, to practice, practice, practice. I went for 7 or 8 months without picking up my accordion (it’s pretty heavy, you know), but once I joined the band, I’ve been hefting it two or three times a day! And though it’s probably not a surprise to you guys, I was SHOCKED by how much easier it is to play that accordion!
Another plus: Beer Garden music is FUN! It’s upbeat and lively, and I always feel good when I play it. A whistling person is a happy person, and I’ve been whistlin’ Oompah for months now. 🙂
A third plus: This week I brought out some of my Blues and Zydeco music and found that all my new skills make those styles easier to play, too. Yippee!
I used to think I was Too Lazy to Practice, but now I say, “Lazy? Shmazy! I just need to get motivated.”