So what is this boy doing that so many neglect? Answer: he doesn't know, he's just catching the ball. Similarly, we should think music, not muscles; message, not mechanics. Catch the ball, hit the ball. No time to analyze. Instincts matter. Training them to work for you on very short notice is a fun project. Focus quickly, play great. Don't give yourself time to get nervous.
Suggestions on a quicker response.
- Sing it.
- Valve it.
- Sing it and valve it precisely together.
- Eliminate extraneous prep time. Pick up the horn and make your statement without hesitation.
- The way you react when someone suddenly tosses something at you is your model.
- Think: catch and shoot!
- Play your absolute best at the drop of a hat.
- Q Q (Quick Quality)