The Practice Notebook

flutist Zara Lawler shares tips on learning music

A Pep Talk from Ira Glass


A few words of inspiration on hanging in there through the early stages of creative work (practicing music counts) from the host of NPR’s This American Life:

This ties in a bit with being willing to sound bad, and knowing that a period of sucking as you develop a new creative skill is totally normal.  Enjoy!

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“A Pep Talk from Ira Glass”

  1. On April 17th, 2009 at 1:25 pm Stephen Says:

    Love this video link Zadie. Makes me want to keep on working.

  2. On October 30th, 2010 at 10:15 pm Gretchen Says:

    Dear Zara,

    Just a note to thank you for your beautiful blog site. I found it as I was looking up ideas on memorizing. I have recently picked up my cello at 48, after 18 years mostly off, and it’s a challenge! Your site if very helpful and I will take your advice and yell ridiculous! when I hear those nasty voices!

    Thanks for all you do!

  3. On October 31st, 2010 at 12:22 am admin Says:

    Thanks for your kind words–and good luck with the cello!

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