How about approaching practice with a one-track mind? Pick something you need to work on. Don't flit about like a bee from one flower to another. Do one thing well at a time!
Here are a few trains to consider taking. Remember, you can only board one train at a time.
- RHYTHM - Your most productive work will probably be without the horn. Sing it.
- SOUND QUALITY - Play very slowly for great sound on all notes. Listen.
- DYNAMIC CONTRAST - Don't assume it's happening. Exaggerate.
- DRAMATIC MESSAGES - Avoid the boring. Be devoted to the story. Act it.
- STARTS OF PHRASES (first notes/entrances) - Enter the music well. Start clearly.
- THE MOST DIFFICULT PASSAGE - Spend extra time on the nasty stuff. Master it.
- HOLD THE HIGHEST NOTES OF A PASSAGE FOR SECURITY - The top notes must be the best. Enjoy them.
- ENDS OF PHRASES - Enter silence gracefully. Last notes matter.
Relax, define the issue of the session, and walk through it carefully and slowly. Think beach, not terminal.