A few thoughts on rethinking the practice session in order to make it a pathway to glory:
- Don't jump into the trenches without a plan. Organized digging only! No wild flailing permitted.
- Don't practice like a student.
- Pretend someone important is listening.
- Don't waste your notes. You have precious few.
- Dig slowly and carefully on the hard stuff.
- Set time limits. Don't dig for hours on end, lest you exhaust brains and chops and get yourself nowhere.
- Record your sessions. See if there's madness to your method.
- Consider your practice sessions as snippets of quality playing rather than large chunks of rubble.
- Avoid making brainless mistakes. Try to make the trenches your error-free zone.
- Practice musical risk-taking. Don't just play it safe.
- The more agony in the trenches, the more ecstasy on the stage! Sweat the practice, not the performance.
- Practice enjoying the frustrations of your grit and grunt work. Don't avoid your weaknesses. Let difficulties improve you, and the glory will take care of itself.
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