If you think that you may be the only one that gets discouraged by the slow progress that feels while learning to play an instrument (specially if you have people around telling you to do something else) Well, let me tell you that you are not alone. I myself, had (on top of my frustration with the slow progress I felt I was having.) lot of my family members advising me to stop my practices and learn something that will be easier to learn and would not take so much of my time.
Little did they know, I would never give up. I loved music and my instrument to much to let it go and in time, I was able to master it.
During my research I found out that it takes about 10,000 hours to master anything and about 20 hours to get pretty good at something so do not get discouraged if you are new at something like Quena, Guitar or any other instrument. If you invest at least 1 hour of focused practice, within 1 to 3 months you should see great improvement.
Whenever you feel that you are stuck or on a plateau after few days or a month of practicing the same exercises, take a break for a couple of days for your brain to absorb and retain the new knowledge you attained Then, when you go back and practice, you will notice that previous exercises you felt challenging become easier to perform thus, you will be ready to go to the next stage with more complex exercises.
So, Never Give Up because, when you start mastering your instrument, you will get a lot of support from those who have discouraged you in the past.
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