It can be tempting to neglect your instrument and do something more enjoyable for the moment such as watching a movie, hanging out on Facebook, playing online games, or perhaps taking an unnecessary nap. Here are a few tips to help you stay motivated.
Leave your instrument out in plain site.
Listen to great music and performances.
Read through new pieces of music.
Find play along recordings or music to jam with.
Plan a performance.
Find a friend to play duets with.
Find musicians to motivate you on a forum or other social network.
Enroll in a competition.
Plan a chamber music party or jam session.
Join a community orchestra.
Find friends with mutual interests.
Set specific goals for your instrument.
Get a teacher. If you don’t have time for lessons every week, maybe every other week.