It’s been about 2 months since I began learning to play the electric bass guitar. Although I’m getting better I continue to realize just how much there is to learn. I also realize that getting better doesn’t just happen because I want it to. The only way I’ll get better is by practicing.
The thing about practice is that it takes work. There is a commitment to practice required to learn and master any new skill. This is often the point where people weed themselves of out acquiring a skill, because progress doesn’t come quick or easy, and practicing just seems too hard. It is here that you need to decide how committed you are to practicing this skill to achieve the results you’re after.
Learning to play the bass has been interesting (and fun) in this regard, because I can feel the tension between my current skill-level and where I want to be. I also know that consistent practice is what it’s going to take for me to improve.
The alternative to practicing is giving up on my desire to be a good bass player because it takes too much effort. What kind of choice is that? How would that help me? I’d still want to know how to play the bass, but giving up would only set me on a course where that wouldn’t happen.
The truth is, if we want to learn something new, we must be willing to consistently commit time to practicing.
If you’re struggling to learn a skill, or are getting ready to begin learning one commit now to practicing consistently. Know that it will likely get challenging, but ultimately your consistent practice will put you on the path to mastery.