Practice and Discipline

You need both practice and discipline. One is not enough without the other.

My wife would always say “practice makes permanence.” She means that you need to practice until it is permanently placed in your noggin.

Discipline means continually doing something the correct way. For example, I’m waking up every morning and practicing guitar. Every single morning, no excuses.

I’m also writing every single morning. This blog is a marketing tool. You get to really know me. I don’t hide anything from you. You know everything about me.

I share with you my successes and my failures. I share with you my triumphs and my pains. People have always wanted to know the artist. A blog sure makes it easy.

Plus, I’ll honestly tell you what works and what doesn’t. I’ll be able to save you some heartaches.

You need both practice and discipline to succeed

Yes, you need both practice and discipline to succeed. Therefore, you need a plan. Some folks like to write it down. Some folks don’t. It depends on what type of person you are.

I’m chaotic. I have discipline, but it’s in my head. I hate rules. But that’s just me.

By the time you see any of our works, like the video Creature of the Night or the first one I’ve ever directed – Succubus, we’ve put in hundreds and hundreds of hours of work. I can often lay down tracks in one take in the studio. That comes from both practice and discipline.

A huge way music has changed from the 1970s

You’ve definitely heard bands like Pink Floyd and Deep Purple. Bands today don’t do this because the record labels don’t like it. But in the 1970s, it was commonplace.

Bands would A/B test their songs right in concert. Like Wish You Were Here for instance. They didn’t take that much relative time in the studio to record it because they’ve already performed those songs live. They kept changing parts of the songs depending on audience reactions.

It’s different nowadays. Fans rarely get to see A/B testing live. Bands put out an album and that’s the first time you hear the songs.

Since our label lets us do our own thing, we might try the 1970s method. Or we may do something completely different. We’re improvising as we go and seeing what works.

Regardless, the point of this whole rant was no matter your art medium, whether you’re a musician, a writer, a painter, or whatever, you need to practice like a madman and you need to be disciplined about it. Sporadic practicing will lead to failure. I can guarantee you that.

(Note that this also applies to diet and exercise).

practice and discipline

First thing in the morning, I’m practicing. Every single morning. No excuses

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Roman is an artist, composer, writer, and travel junkie, and he can still throw a football

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