It’s no secret that from time to time, musicians struggle with staying motivated to practice. Warm-ups get repetitive, repertoire gets old, and it starts feeling like a chore rather than something enjoyable. It happens to the best of us, but we want to help you push through those tough times. Here are 21 quotes that will change the way you practice. We’ve got your back!

You can accomplish more in a short amount of time when you have a focused objective.

Write down specific measurable goals, and check them off as you achieve them.

Don’t watch the clock. Do what it does. Keep going!

If you practice correctly from the beginning, you will save yourself a lot of time and frustration later on. Don’t practice bad habits!

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. – Jim Rohn

Don’t look at practicing as putting in a certain amount of time at your instrument. Look at practicing as finding and solving problems in your pieces that will help you better understand the music.

Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses.

Find a way to make your practice routine exciting! And when it isn’t exciting anymore, change up the routine.

Establish an environment that will allow you to focus and relax.

Never apologize for your progress. Everyone develops different skills at different times. What’s important is that you’re doing your best and enjoying the journey.

Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today. – Will Rodgers

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. – Maya Angelou

No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.

If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active, show up more often. – Brian Tracy

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. – John Dewey

Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently. – Marie Forleo

Quality is not an act, it is a habit. – Aristotle

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. – Tony Robbins

Creativity flourishes in an atmosphere of confidence. – Felicia Bender

Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.


Whether you’re a beginner musician or a seasoned pro, remember that you’re still human and it’s okay to have up’s and down’s throughout your musical journey. We hope these 21 quotes will give you the energy boost needed to keep going!

For more musical quotes, check out our article 50 Inspirational Quotes About Music.

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