No one can deny that in order to grow in an art or craft, practice is essential. Improvement comes through practice. But you can love your art and struggle to do it at the same time – it’s the story of my life, after all. So how do you get yourself to practice?
A well-disciplined musician will do more than run through a piece to practice. They run through scales, arpeggios, and exercises. They focus on a section that is giving them problems, and play through it different ways to help learn the notes and rhythms. Sometimes, they just tap out rhythms on their laps. It’s generally expected that musicians practice every day, sometimes for hours.