This is a post in response to the daily prompt: Practice makes perfect?
There are many desires and unfilled wishes that I have, which I ardently hope to acquire sometime in the future. If I lived my life like Steve Jobs told us to, then I would have taken my violin lessons a bit more seriously, which I started a few years ago and then stopped.
But the past is past. Now nearly 18, it is considered late to start learning a new instrument, by many musicians and teachers. Better late than never, though.
In the book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to “perfect” a skill – although a skill can never be perfected, for we are always learning.
10,000 hours. 1 hour a day, 365 days a week, and it would still take me 27 years and 145 days to complete. Which means if I start when I’m 18, I would have “perfected” the skill of playing the elegant, classy violin when I’m nearly 46 years old.
2 hours a day, 365 days a week. 13 years and 255 days. Somewhat practical.
My Incomplete Musical “Career”
As a young boy, in elementary school, I went for vocal lessons on a weekly basis for nearly 3 years and was doing well (in my definition) before financial problems prevented going to lessons, and I too lost interest in singing. In the 6th grade, in the school band, I got the chance to play the alto saxophone for a whole year. As you may guess, I was excited at the beginning and slowly forgot about it, to the point where I hardly even practiced and was not a successful saxophonist.
Then in the 7th & 8th grades, I got a chance to play the keyboard & violin – I did not practice and played for fun, thus this too became incomplete. A few years later, I think about what I have really achieved in the musical field – nothing of significance.
Therefore, if there’s anything that I really desire and want to accomplish, something that I will work hard for and practice, it would be learning to play the violin.