Making music professionally or in any kind of scheduled manner is difficult to juggle. Personally, I have college classes, a part time job (with full time hours of course), church, time set aside for friends and girlfriend, and now a blog. After that, I need to practice with my band and throw shows on top during the weekends. I love making music, but the most difficult part about being a performer is making time for it all.
The good news is that I’m slowly figuring out how to organize my life and make music a priority. In this post, I will share with you my tips on scheduling music into your life and continuing to grow as a musician.
Know What You Want
Whether you want to turn your music hobby into a career, just jam with your friends, or record small pieces to go on the internet, you need to know exactly what your goal is. Different levels of interest require different levels of commitment. My advice to you? Figure that out and write it down. Say it out loud. Tack it on your wall or your fridge. However, becoming famous should never be the end goal. If it happens, awesome. But you should always always always be content with the music alone.
Set Work Limits and Goals
I’ve always been the type of guy who wants to help out in the workplace. I’ve covered shifts, I’ve clocked in early and stayed late. If this is you, that’s okay. Just remember one thing: Your place of work will continue to exist and survive without you. If you’ve got practice planned or a show opportunity, don’t give that up just to help out your boss. Sometimes you just gotta do you. Don’t quit your job for music though. You need money for guitar strings or whatever it is you need, and most music-related jobs are not steady sources of income.
Get A Planner
My girlfriend is always nagging me because I’m extremely forgetful. This advice comes straight from her, and I can testify for its validity. Get a planner. They sell them everywhere. Get one and write down everything that you have scheduled for every single day. Work schedule, practice schedule, shows, dentist appointments. I use one now and it makes everything a lot easier. Don’t use your phone. Get an actual physical planner with a calendar and write stuff down. Trust me on this one.
Making music has to be a part of your life. It’s a lot like going to the gym. If you don’t make yourself do it every day, you probably won’t ever be in the habit of doing it. The “10,000 Hours” rule is mentioned in tons of literature, although in my press for time, I cannot track down the original source. To ever be truly great at something, you have to keep striving for that 10,000 hours and then some. Practice. Play. Write. Record. Mess up and get better. You’re reading this post because you want to incorporate music into your life. So do it.
So, in conclusion:
- Know exactly what kind of effort you want to put towards making music.
- Money is a necessary part of society, but work cannot be your whole life.
- Write down your schedule and go over it every day.
- Play music.
EDIT: Going to the gym every day isn’t a bad idea either. It’s just good for you. I was reading over this and I said something about going to the gym, which is a good tip. Work out and be healthy. Peace.