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- How to practice: exploring strategies and tactics in an aging body through book reviews, interviews, personal anecdotes, with the goal of staying happy, healthy and focused.
- Attitude: what it is a good attitude, how does helps us to learn and persevere, which daily tactics help us to acquire or keep a good one, what to do if yours needs a tune up?
- Metacognition: what it is, what it can teach us about learning, resources for study, conferences, and in practice.
- Intrinsic motivation: what it is, how it helps us to learn and persevere as we age, how to help those we mentor with theirs.
Depends. It depends on how your self-concept. And, the health of your mind and body. If you are the resigned type who declares to all that will listen, "I'm a .... always have been, always will be". For you it will be difficult.
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” Sophia Loren
To which I would add, "your energy level."
Try this. Make a list of musical styles you've thought about and either never played or mastered to any level of accomplishment. Then, go to a show or two, take it all in. Do some research of the most common repertoire in that style. Learn the top 10 tunes. Next, go to a jam and hang out, take notes. On your third visit ask to sit in. Call one of the tunes. Voila, you've just changed course.
Never played brushes? Here is a good start.
Now, a caveat I must bring up. If you are being treated or need treatment for mental health issues this blog is not a substitute for medical attention. I'm not a doctor. Be smart, stay safe, take care of yourself.
It's the best activity for keeping the well of joy full. Younger musicians dream of the future, not the past. That makes for a refreshing experience.
Are you practicing or just screwing around?
David Story: Professional pianist, drummer, composer, and educator. Well into his 4th enthusiastic musical decade, David works with adults pursuing musical dreams in the autumn of life, while he maintains an active presence in the Toronto arts scene.