[Trombone-l] Motivational advice for a growing trombone player

Jason Smith jbone72 at yahoo.com
Thu May 22 13:42:37 CDT 2008

I think it is always good to have a goal in mind with
every practice session, short term and long term. 
short term goals can be as minute as individual
meseures in music or exercises.  long term can be as
simple as a solo performance, recitle or those dreaded
juries.  just to watch the clock to say you practiced
3-4 hours is futile.  You could practice the same
mistakes 3-4 hours a day and all you would do is get
better at the mistake.  I hope this help somebody.

the amazing know it all
Jason Smith

--- Cesar Gonzales <darkside783111 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Considering this is a forum of discussion for both
> amateur and professional
> players; I decided that it would be appropriate to
> ask an amateur question.
> I'm having trouble with maintaining a consistent
> drive towards self
> improvement through daily practice, especially after
> a big push in my
> practice schedule. Say for instance I manage 3 weeks
> of consistent 3-4 hours
> daily practice. I always seem to break down and pull
> back to 1 or 2 hours
> per day afterwords for a week or two at times. What
> I'm asking is if this is
> normal for a young musician to experience. I'm
> ambitious and would like to
> consider graduate studies in music, and possibly
> even a career of
> professional performance. Because of this I find
> managing this "problem" a
> very important issue. What I'd also like to ask is
> how the members of this
> mailing list manage to stay motivated to keep a
> consistent practice
> schedule. Are there any mind tricks I can use? Is it
> just pure willpower?
> Thank you,
> Cesar Gonzalez
> Student at University of Texas at Brownsville
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Jason Smith



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