Reboot for a Better Practice


in Learning Music

I've found myself in a huge need to learn mode the past few years and have gravitated to audio learning books when traveling. One such listen has given me a new idea about learning music.

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity. The daily life grind of making a living, satisfying clients, winning the big job, getting in that last day of skiing have all taken their toll on my mental state and my activities.

I find myself in a state of anxiety and sometimes find that I'm blocked in thinking capacity or execution of a task. So what does this have to do with music?

We'll this idea is about taking a short break, clearing the mind, and refocusing your energy. It's called a reboot.

I'm sure you are familiar with the term made famous by one of the giant software companies operating systems for past years. When things get so entangled sometimes the best thing to do is just reboot the system and clear out all the cobwebs.

How To Do A Reboot

The most obvious way is to get a good nights sleep. This is the natural restorative method for the human reboot. This is likely the case for power napping. But what if your in the middle of your day and a nap isn't possible?

Well there is another method that can work. The objective is to take 60 to 90 seconds to reboot your mental process.

How To Do A Quick Reboot

Let's say you are studying a new piece of music and your just struggling with getting past some phrase. Your mind is all over the place, thinking about lunch, a snack, or some other chore that you have to get done. Your mind is cluttered and you need to reboot.

The process is fairly simple but takes a little practice. Here are your steps.

  1. Stop what you're doing
  2. Find a quick place you can be for a couple of minutes
  3. Close your eyes
  4. Now let yourself think of nothing a blank screen, or black screen.
  5. Allow yourself to quick thinking and concentrate on that black screen for 60 to 90 seconds. This is the reboot.
  6. Now when you stop you can come back and think of the most important thing you want to accomplish and concentrate on it.

It's simple in it's implementation, but I've found that clearing my mind and getting to that blank screen takes a little bit of effort. I'll keep experimenting to see if I can get better at it.

The whole idea of taking less than 2 minutes to clear your mind and get refocused versus continuing to struggle and slow down progress as well as raise frustration seems like it's worth a little practice of it's own.

Good luck and let us know if you try it and how it works for you.

Agatha Campbell April 16, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Hi Arthur,

I agree,
Thanks for sharing,

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