Practice Won't Make Perfect

You've been lied to

We’ve all heard the saying that “practice makes perfect.” Here's why it's false.

The truth of the matter is “Practice Makes Permanent.” Whatever you practice, you will do. If you practice the wrong chords, you will play the wrong chords. If you practice the right chords with the wrong fingers, you are still teaching your fingers the wrong thing. That’s why it’s important to practice correctly. Practice Makes Permanent.

Practicing the right chords with the wrong fingers is still practicing the wrong thing. 

One of the main reasons for this is due to the issue of ‘muscle memory’. Over time, as you practice, the muscles in your arms, hands, fingers, feet, legs, lips, and even ears will remember what you are playing. If you practice a scale with a certain fingering, over time, your body will remember that. It will become second nature. And when you try to change that, it can be quite difficult to unlearn what you have learned. As a drummer, if you always start one of your rudiments with your right hand and never practice starting with your left, you’ll never start with your left. Your muscles 'remember' these things.


So it’s vital to practice correctly! Don’t take shortcuts, because there are none. Don’t take the easy road, because it literally goes nowhere. Make sure you practice often. Practice right. And remember… Practice Makes Permanent!

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Practice Makes Permanent

I am a living example of what happens when you practice wrong. As a flute player in elementary and high school, I played with poor posture and wrong fingering. However, did not realize this until I was an adult and took a flute lesson from a professional. Now it is so hard to break bad practicing habits. I wonder if I will ever be able to play open hole flute because you have to have good fingering to cover the holes.