Because I had a few thoughts on my mind today:
- If you're practicing something and it's difficult, slow it down until it isn't. Music is best learned slowly so the body can learn the proper movement patterns. Slow and steady doesn't just win the race, it wins the practice room.
- Listen to every genre of saxophone and find something to love in all of it....because you might be called on to play that genre one day and you need to be familiar with it.
- Virtuosity goes far beyond pushing the right keys at the right time. In fact, I'm certain that isn't even the most important aspect of being a virtuoso.
- A good sound is important. Good technique is important. Far more important is the music you produce and what you are able to tell the audience through your instrument.
- Be your own worst critic but also your biggest fan and advocate. Stay positive about your progress; even if (and especially if) you aren't currently seeing any.
- FUNDAMENTALS NEVER STOP BEING COOL!!!!!
- Find hobbies besides music. You need an escape and things to keep your mind working.
- Realize that you are doing something cool even if others don't always see it.