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50 Excuses Why Musicians Can’t Practice

Excuses From Practicing

As a musician, it’s important to practice regularly to improve your skills and abilities. However, there are many excuses that can get in the way of practicing. Here are 50 excuses why musicians can’t practice:

Personal Excuses

  • I’m too busy with work/school
  • I’m too tired
  • I have too many other hobbies
  • I have to take care of my family
  • I have to run errands
  • I have to clean my house/apartment
  • I have to cook dinner
  • I have to exercise
  • I have to do laundry
  • I have to watch my favorite TV show

Psychological Excuses

  • I’m not in the mood
  • I’m feeling anxious
  • I’m feeling depressed
  • I’m feeling overwhelmed
  • I’m feeling stressed
  • I’m feeling uninspired
  • I’m feeling burnt out
  • I’m feeling discouraged
  • I’m feeling frustrated
  • I’m feeling distracted

Technical Excuses

  • My instrument is broken/damaged
  • I don’t have the right equipment/gear
  • I need to buy new strings/reeds/valve oil/etc.
  • I need to tune my instrument
  • I need to repair my instrument
  • I need to upgrade my equipment/gear
  • I need to learn how to use new equipment/gear
  • I don’t have a practice space
  • I don’t have access to a practice space
  • I don’t have enough time to set up my equipment/gear

External Excuses

  • It’s too noisy outside
  • It’s too cold/hot outside
  • It’s raining/snowing outside
  • There’s construction/road work outside
  • My neighbors are too loud
  • My roommates/family members are too loud
  • My pet is too distracting
  • My phone keeps ringing
  • My email keeps pinging
  • My social media keeps distracting me

Social Excuses

  • I have plans with friends/family
  • I have to attend a social event
  • I have to go to a party
  • I have to go to a concert/show
  • I have to meet with colleagues
  • I have to attend a meeting
  • I have to go to a wedding
  • I have to go to a funeral
  • I have to travel

Miscellaneous Excuses

  • I’m too lazy
  • I’m too unmotivated
  • I don’t see the point in practicing
  • I don’t have any goals
  • I don’t have any gigs/shows coming up
  • I don’t have any performances scheduled
  • I don’t have any deadlines


Despite the many excuses that can get in the way of practicing, it’s important for musicians to make practicing a regular habit. Practicing can help improve your skills, boost your confidence, and prepare you for performances and gigs. So next time you feel tempted to make an excuse, remember the benefits of practicing and make the time to improve your craft.



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