• 1) Smart practice is efficient practice. "Quality over quantity" has never applied so appropriately as it does to the musician’s routine.
• 2) Keep a basic warm up and warm down that involves scales, and arpeggios. This lets your hand peruse the roadmap before starting the journey.
• 3) Relaxed playing yields a willful technique. Forced playing yields an unwillful technique. Asking the body kindly is key.
4) Never let technique control your phrasing. Always let your phrasing command the technique.
• 5) Save your energy and vitality for practice, and don’t spend it on distractions. Practice goes both ways— it is too easy to practice lazily and become worse!
• 6) Self-recording is something we can do with great ease today. It's the best path to thinking about how you sound, rather than sounding how you think!
• 7) Even 15 focused minutes once per day will always be better than 4 desperately-crammed hours once a week.
• 8) Pain is a red flag for something you can do better in your setup. Take the time to find and fix these things immediately, and always.
• 9) Musicians are like a family, wherein competition is silly. The only artist you should try to be better than is the one you were yesterday.
• 10) It's just as important to leave practice with a new goal, as it is to enter with the old one.
• 11) If your ego keeps you from asking for help, eventually there will be no help to support anything meriting ego.
• 12) Lastly, always make music! Playing the ink alone is akin to eating mustard, and throwing the rest of the sandwich away. Eventually you get sick from it, and it's not healthy.Tweet
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