Do you ever feel tired and burnt out?

Maybe a challenging piece has been wearing you down, or you’re stressed about an upcoming performance. Maybe your practicing sessions just aren’t going the way you’d hoped.  

If you’re feeling blue, you’re not alone! Almost all musicians go through periods of stress and difficulty.  

Sometimes a new perspective can make a big difference when you’re feeling the effects of musical burnout. If you’re one of the many discouraged musicians in the world, try these inspiring quotes on for size.

10. Persistence

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” – Julie Andrews

9. Blessing

“Though everything else may appear shallow and repulsive, even the smallest task in music is so absorbing, and carries us so far away from town, country, earth, and all worldly things, that it is truly a blessed gift of God”. – Felix Mendelssohn

8. Perseverance

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.” – Thomas Edison

7. Courage

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”. – Winston Churchill

6. Motivation

“The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” – J.S. Bach

5. Determination

” By perseverance the snail reached the ark.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

4. Value

“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” – Martin Luther

3. Perspective

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt

2. Passion

“What I have in my heart and soul – must find a way out. That is the reason for music.” Ludwig van Beethoven

1. Confidence

“I play the notes as they are written, but it is God who makes the music.” – J.S. Bach

What inspires you when you are tired or stressed? What encouragement have you given or received from other discouraged musicians? Leave a comment below.

2 Comments

  1. Maggie

    Thank you for this post! I am currently feeling discouraged and unmotivated, so these quotes were very uplifting. It always helps me to remember that I should be practicing for God’s glory, and I should be thoroughly enjoying God’s gift of music because it IS a gift and not just a chore.

    1. heidi@scalesandarpeggios.com

      Thanks for sharing, Maggie! I think we all feel that way sometimes. I know I do. Sometimes a new perspective is really helpful when we feel like we’re stuck in survival mode with our music!

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