… so that we can collectively become more efficient in our musical journeys
OK I’ll start:
One good habit: I record myself a lot.
This helps me to objectively assess if I am playing the parts correctly and identifying problems to fix. It is also a good way to check whether the parts I am writing really work for the song (because I don’t know about you, but when I’m playing I am not 100% listening to what I am doing).
I can’t count how many times I thought “yeah that was a great take!” — then I listen back and my timing is all f$^&*£.
Bad habit: losing focus and noodling the same licks over and over again
This happens a lot when I try to write music and run out of ideas. Instead, I should probably realise immediately that this is happening and stop myself. I could take a break, listen to other musicians for inspiration, do some deliberate creative exercises, etc. But bad habits are hard to break