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Tip #1 – I Was Convinced – Until!
For years I was convinced that I was a really good practicer. Largely, because I “practiced.” But in the last several weeks, I’ve realized that I was NOT a good practicer at all. I was “Going Through The Motions” more than I was actually making headway! My big “AH-HA” moment happened when I was was running my new daily routines and started noticing progress in how much faster I was able to get through the REALLY hard stuff. Not that it was “Arturo” blazing saddles speed, but definite headway for me.
For those of you out there that consider yourself good practicers as well, take a hard look at “what” you’re practicing, and if you’re consistent with it. I mean – down to the metronome setting you left off with the day before, and even journaling your daily progress / practice! I now have SO much that I am trying to work on daily that I had to create a practice sheet just to remember everything.
Tip #2 – My Warm Up Has Changed My Playing!
To go along with the above tip #1, I was not consistent with my warm up either! Since Jazz Festival (April 6 & 7 of this year) I’ve become MUCH more consistent in what I do for a warm up. Without fail, I spend at least the first 2 hours of my day just playing low… both loud AND soft, fast and slow.
One of the biggest problems I would have is that my chops would feel different everyday, and I never really knew how they were going to respond, or how long they’d last before I would be in trouble. So developing a consistent warm up routine that “I” responded well to was key. Not because someone told me I should be doing “X” but because I needed the consistency out of my chops, range, fingers, tongue, endurance, and now improvisational ideas.
In the coming weeks, I will compile a video tip of what I’ve established for myself, and what has developed into the most reliable routine that doesn’t wear me out, and gives me solid everything.
“My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose – somehow we win out.”
1911-2004, 40th President of the United States
Have a GREAT week!