Common mistakes and misconceptions include:

  • Increased amounts of practice are seen as the sole solution to a musician’s problems.
  • Always having a guilty conscience with regard to practicing.
  • Too much unplanned practice.
  • Only practicing when you feel like it.
  • Too few breaks during practice.
  • The belief that ‘pain is a natural part of playing’.
  • Changing technique with only the standard amount of practice.
  • Wrong or misguided self-treatment.
  • Not seeking help with playing difficulties in right time.
  • Neglecting to take enough recovery time.