Welcome To Weekly Tips!
Sorry for being a day late, but we were traveling to Juneau, Alaska and it somewhat delayed the tips…
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Here are your Tips!
Tip #1 – Practice Routine’s Continued
Last week I talked about a practice routine that was more based on the physical approach. What many don’t think about is the mental approach to practicing. If you have your mind made up that you don’t want to do something, most likely, you won’t! Same goes for belief’s. I run into SO many people that are staunchly set on what horn, mouthpiece, rim size, etc. that players need to use or they are either cheating or just a freak because they can make something out of the ordinary work.
Practicing is the same no matter how you look at it. Most players go in blindly and play until something hurts or they have hit the
“X” mark on the clock… I.E. “Oh good, I’ve played for 30 minutes!”
Try setting goals mentally for your practice routines… draw out a plan for the week with no time boundaries or constraints. Setting a time frame in your mind can cause you to practice blindly with eyes glued to the clock. What I suggest is to practice one fundamental, such as tonguing for however long it takes to complete your exercises. You’ll be surprised as to how much better you feel about your practicing. If you can get it done in 20 minutes, great! If it takes 2 hours or more, so be it.
Tip #2 – Stop Competing & Start Making Music!
One of the questions that gets asked from time to time is “Am I better than so & so?” My answer usually is “who would really care?” We tend to put ourselves in a competition mind set so that we can feel better about our playing, but you are also setting yourself up for big demise by doing that as well as you are opening yourself up to others opinions! Who really is the best? Arturo? Winton? Miles? Maynard? Who cares?!?!? I listen to all of the aforementioned for different reasons. Each player amazes me for different reasons, but nonetheless – still amazes me.
Maynard was often asked “What’s the highest note you can play?” His reply was always a jovial “I don’t know, I haven’t tried yet today!”
The common thread between Arturo, Winton, Miles, and Maynard is that they all LOVE what they do. They’re not concerned with being better than someone else.
“Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.”
Have a GREAT week!