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The 9-Hour Practice Session: Productivity or Insanity?

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Lifestyle ArticleI called home yesterday morning after I had finished my practice for the day. After some chatting, my mom’s reactions reminded me just how bizarre a serious practice routine can seem to the uninitiated. Given that most of my close friends are about as absorbed in music as I am, I don’t often have a reason to question my obsession with practice; in circles of musicians, this lifestyle is not remarkable. Even so, I’m still on the eyebrow-raising end of the spectrum. I’d like to take this opportunity to philosophize: how does one develop such an insane devotion to such strictly regimented tasks, and what goes into that, exactly? Continue reading