... an instrument I mean?
Or should I ask, who really likes the thought of having to sit down to go over the same stuff day in day out! I for one have always hated it. Once I'm sitting down, guitar on knee or voice exercises on the stereo then I'm usually ok. But the way to getting there is dreadful. It's all worth it in the end but ....
I read lots of blogs about the practice of art, or the practice of daily writing. And the one practice I can manage, is to do my morning pages most days. In fact at the moment I'm considering taking up the challenge laid down several years ago by Janice McLeod (she of the wonderful book Paris Letters
For those of you who don't know, 'morning pages' is a practice promoted by Julia Cameron in her wonderful book "The Artist's Way". In it, she suggests that the mainstay of any art, or indeed of a creative life, is to learn how to bypass the critic. And her practice of writing 3 pages long-hand every morning is wonderful. It's cathartic, a great place for moaning, and a great place for working out problems.
Now, many years after first completing The Artist's Way and writing my first morning pages, I don't stick with having to write first thing in the morning. Writing at any time during the day works for me. Just showing up at that journal is what's important. And writing by hand And while most days I manage the 3 A4 pages, or 6 A5, there are some days when I only have time for one, or for a list or a note. And that counts too. It gives me a place to settle in to myself again.
Will it get me to a place where I willingly sit down to practice? Probably not :) But it might make something else come around.