This is how motivated I've been feeling lately!!
As with most jobs, being a musician has lots of bits that are boring, repetitive and hard to stay focussed on ... I'm thinking mainly of PRACTICE!! That dreaded word. It takes a lot of discipline to keep doing your daily work, or in my case it's more like sporadic or at best weekly work a lot of the time, especially just after coming home from a tour or after finishing a project. Problem is, when I don't do the work, come the start of the next tour or project, it's like starting from scratch again. It doesn't help the mood, or the confidence, one tiny bit.
This quote has been attributed to many people of all musical disciplines.... Yikes.
So to stay interested I play games with myself. And the internet is a great tool. I find new singing exercise videos, or new guitar videos, or I'll try out songs from a singer that I haven't gone back to for a while. And after teaching classes I'll occasionally take half an hour to sing songs out of one particular book and sing at the top of my voice (usually when Tom's out of the house!) while battering the hell out of the piano in the process. And of course Singmarra keeps me focussed on a weekly basis where I have to do my warm ups or else my voice will collapse.
Recently I came across this great warm up voice video. Perhaps you'd like to try it. If you're at all interested in improving your voice or in just keeping it functioning well - I particularly think of teachers in this respect - then warming up is crucial and this one from Mark Baxter is a really excellent and simple one. Be warned, Mark doesn't speak throughout it, so don't do what I did and close your eyes - you'll want to follow the instructions on the screen for the first run through anyway.
Now to find someone or something to trick me into spending more time doing publicity or social media or tour booking .... humph. I think I'll go and play with paint for half an hour first ... or maybe the ironing would be fun lol
How do you get yourself through the boring bits of your work? Any and all tips most gratefully received.