Resolutions and Rota

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Rachel Lee Hall received her master’s degree in 2017 from the Cleveland Institute of Music and is one of Astral Artists’ newest roster members. Follow Rachel’s #100daysofpractice on Instagram at @rachelleehall.

 Reflections on a 30 Day Practice Challenge

January is a month of resolve. The New Year spurs motivation for many to achieve greater things and become better people. Sporting goods revenue skyrockets as the resolved buy ambitious new elliptical machines, while donut sales plummet.

As for us harpists, we often think similarly as we turn the calendar to January, craving an even better year of practice. So when I saw Harp Column’s 30 Day Practice Challenge, I resolved to sign up. I loved the guidelines: pick a focus piece, practice at least 20 minutes every day, and perform at the end of the month. I chose the lovely Sarabanda é Toccata by Nino Rota, and on January 1, I made my first of 30 journal-entry videos to post on my Instagram account. As a harpist fresh out of grad school, practicing every day isn’t a new thing for me, so I didn’t expect the challenge to be difficult in that regard. Instead, I planned to use the opportunity to learn a great new piece and have some extra accountability while doing so. As it turned out, however, my 30 days of practice presented some surprises.

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