So Hilary Hahn practised for 100 daysmain
The US violinist is making a bit of a thing about having practised for 100 consecutive days.
Hahn finished a project in mid-August that was all about practice—100 days of practice in a row, in fact. The idea came from a global Instagram project (designated by the #100days hashtag) that had been mainly, until that point, undertaken by visual artists. “The concept of the project was to show your process,” Hahn says. “You don’t have to worry about the result; it doesn’t have to be in great shape. You can show working on the same piece of art—you do a little bit of coloring one day, you spend 100 days on the same thing, or you could do sketches every day.” She wondered if there was something she could do for 100 days that would reveal something about her own artistic process. “So it just occurred to me: What do I do every day anyway? I practice.”
Every creative person does what he or she does every day of their lives. Painters paint. Singers sing. Writers write.
I have worked on a book on vacation, in a plane, between business meetings, at boring social functions, four hours after coming round from major abdominal surgery.
It’s what we do. Keep up the craft. Keep the fingers supple and the mind in gear.