The ocarina is an instrument that is easy to pick up and hard to master. It seems impossible to reach perfection with it sometimes, but you don’t actually need to. Perfection is a myth, and there is always room for progress. So you just need to aim towards consistent progress in your art.
There are lots of things you need to practice, and it’s hard to hold all of them in your mind. That can be really annoying not only because you forget things, but also because you waste time trying to remember them. Time that you could’ve spent practicing.
Writing things down makes you sure that you won’t forget anything, because you always can look back at your notes. It helps you to:
When you see your progress through time it’s easier to see if something needs changing. It helps you to find mistakes that you make regularly and that you wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.
Writing things down also helps you to split your big and seemingly impossible goals into something smaller and more doable. And when you see how you accomplish these small goals, it makes you feel more motivated to keep going. Without tracking progress we tend to ignore our small wins and give up on things. But small wins are really important. They make you one step closer to your goal every time.
There are some more pros in keeping track of your progress:
To keep track of your progress you may use different tools:
You can try different options to see what works best for you. But it’s better to have all your notes in one place. I personally prefer having a practice journal for this, with the structure for every practice session, to make things easier to evaluate properly.
Here is the one I published that would fit all the needs of an ocarina player: Practice Journal. It’s a useful tool with nice and structured pages to keep track of your practice sessions. Also it has a short theory part to help you to find weak points that need to be practiced more. And some quotes about practice and music to keep your motivation to practice high.