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Tip #1 – Value What You Do So That Others Will Too!
This tip is geared toward young players, and those who don’t play for a living (yet, etc). If you tally up the countless hours, days, weeks, years, and even decades that we spend learning and perfecting our craft, it would astound anyone willing to sit down and do the math. Lawyers, doctors, and any notable professionals spend years “after” high school in college courses preparing for their careers… while we’ve played (in most cases) since middle school and continue our work in college – not start it.
Where this tip is going is quite simple… don’t settle for low pay / no pay just for the opportunity to perform. Think of it this way… if you go to a young doctor that is fresh out of medical school, will they treat you for free? My guess is NO! Would a young lawyer who just passed the bar, take on a legal case for no fee? We’ve spent probably MORE time than they have in learning our craft, why then, would we want to minimize the value of our hard work?
It is a known fact that if we all value what we do, then others will have no choice but to value it too.
Tip #2 – Do You KNOW All 12 of Your Major Scales?
If the answer is yes, then great… work them in new ways and stay sharp on them. If the answer is no – then you have work to do! One of the best ways to work on your major scales is to find new ways to play them in succession. Work them in chromatic succession, as well as in the circle of 4ths and 5ths.
A clever way to work on major scales and work your range / endurance at the same time is as follows:
Start at LOW F#, and run the scale up to middle F# (one octave). Then return down on G, up Ab, Down A, Up Bb, Down B. You’re linking scales, creating a new way to work on these scales, and improving your range, endurance, etc.
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