Yes, it’s the dreaded word of consistency :). Well, maybe not so dreaded. I’ve found that it actually has helped a lot in my violin playing. Why couldn’t I have discovered that sooner? It’s something that I work on trying to teach all of my students. Some get it better than others. It’s teaching them to go slow and make sure that things are right before speeding up. Unfortunately kids only have one speed, fast (or maybe 2 speeds and the other one is faster).
My violin teacher said something to me that made me very happy yesterday. He said I was getting more and more consistent every week. I never realized what a huge difference it makes in playing. A difference in sound, intonation, and confidence. When people asked me if I was any good before I kind of himmed and shrugged an I guess so. Now I know I sound good! I wish all of the contractors and personal managers knew the same thing! Getting some freelance jobs would send my confidence through the roof right now! (know of anyone who needs a violinist? 🙂 )
I’ve always been one to stick to a schedule. I do the same thing almost everyday at the same time. Get up, go running, eat breakfast, take a shower, practice, lunch, more practicing, teach private lessons, eat, wind down, and finally go to bed. It’s just the way I work. Imagine what happens when you apply the same consistency to your job, or in my case my violin technique. Making sure that everything is working right every time, and if it doesn’t find out why and fix it. My teachers calls it adjusting instead of reacting, and it’s certainly helped a lot. I’m actually looking forward to the next time I have an audition because I know that things are consistently starting to work for me, and that’s the only way I’m going to land one of my dream jobs. The slow down in the economy has been frustrating, but it’s given me more time to focus on things and make them right the first time instead of putting them off and trying to fix them later. All that leads to is disappointment, frustration, a lack of confidence.
Do you have something you do to help you be consistent? Has it made a difference?