Monday, August 30, 2010

The 12 Rules of Practice by Wynton Marsalis

I realize I need to have some more posts on music. My friend and co-worker, Chris Armstrong, recently posted this on his FB page and I thought I had to share this.

I tell some of these things to young musicians every week. Everyone wants to play fast, but to play fast, you have to play slow, PERFECTLY. Use a metronome! Set goals!

The 12 Rules of Practice by Wynton Marsalis

1. Seek out private instruction. It could take years to figure out what a good teacher can show you quickly.
2. Write out a Schedule. Include fundamentals always.
3. Set Goals. Chart your development. Challenge yourself.
4. Concentrate. Develop the ability to FOCUS. Do not just 'go through the motions'.
5. Relax. Practice Slowly.
6. Practice the Hard parts Longer. Confront your deficiencies.
7. Play with Expression. Give yourself over to what you are doing. Do everything with the proper attitude. Do not be a cynic. The attitude you play with is your style.
8. Learn from your Mistakes. Don't be too hard on yourself. Resolve to improve each day.
9. Don't Show Off. Expression, not tricks and gimmicks. Showing off misses the point of group playing.
10. Think for Yourself. Respect your teacher, but think things through for yourself.
11. Be Optimistic. How you feel about living is who you are.
12. Look for Connections. The more you find similarities in things that seem different, the greater the world you can participate in.

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