Category: In the Practice Room Archives - Jim Bowley

April 29, 2013

Practice Is Optional: An Open Letter to Guitar Students Everywhere

“Practice, practice, practice!” – every music teacher ever.

“Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” – Arnold Jackson, legendary TV sitcom character, whenever his brother would drop a truth bomb on him .

Dear Guitar Student,

You’ve probably heard that you must practice diligently to become a good musician. This is a time-honored concept that has been drilled into the brains of music students for centuries.

But did you know that practicing is optional?

Really, it is.

This may seem like sacrilege coming from a music teacher, but there is no rule anywhere which states that you have to practice your guitar. (more…)

Jim Bowley is a professional guitarist, teacher and blogger. A native of Baltimore, he has over 30 years of playing experience and an advanced degree in Music Education from Towson University. Jim lives in Bel Air, MD where he maintains a thriving private lesson studio and performs with his band, Remains of Radio.

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