Re: Long Term Practice Plan
Long term goal - To be able to entertain myself when I'm an old man sitting alone.
Mid-term goal - Have a band or two that plays frequently and be an established "talent". To sing leads.
Short-Mid goal - To be comfortable sitting down in any jam and being able to contribute. To sing harmonies.
Short term goal - Have a set song tunes, scales, exercises I'm working on with deadlines for learning. These deadlines might be "by the end of the week, next month, six months, etc. Eventually after consistently reaching these s/t goals I'll find myself magically transported to reaching my mid-term goals.
As I accomplish my s/t goals, I add more. The point is to keep learning, keep enjoying and never stop.
This is what I have floating around in my brain and the first time to write them in this much detail but they were there nonetheless. The long term goal was the first goal I had and the short term ones came next as a way to get there. The mids came along later as I realized it wasn't going to happen overnight. I've been playing mandolin seriously (at least one hour a day/avg) for 8.5 years. About 4.5 years of that I had no mid-term goals and just aimlessly learned this tune and that tune, stuck with the same group of people and didn't advance a great deal.
I'm self taught and never took a lesson except one. I wish I would have had more money and better access to some in the beginning. Since then I've branched out, played with different people, formed the mid goals, reevaluated and rededicated myself to learning the mandolin at a relaxed but steady pace with some focus and direction. It's helped quite a bit.
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