by Linda Ratcliff
It is in that quiet place at our center that we hear the whispers of our soul.
– Sue Krebs
In addition, going to your special practice area helps prepare you mentally for getting something accomplished on your dulcimer. When preparing to perform, mindful intention at practice time is paramount, and having the ritual of going to the same place every time can help set that intention.
Notice, my dog is always with me when I practice. But I would rather be “home alone” without any humans around when I practice. This probably goes back to my childhood, because my father always asked me to hold off on practicing until he got out of the house. He would find something to do in his workshop when I wanted to practice the piano. Understanding this, my husband is very good about finding something to do outside when I practice.
Do you have a quiet place to practice? Is it a space where you can keep your instruments and all your accessories within easy reach? If not, look over your home and carve one out. If I can make a space for music in an RV that has less than 400 square feet, you can find a place too.