From: (Rod Thomas/Sandra Teare)
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 1995 10:34:40 -0500
Subject: Re:Marsalis' 12 tips

Mike's comments on the value of a positive attitude reminded me of
something on saw recently on TV. Did anyone catch the TV series on music
put out by Winton Marsalis awhile back? I caught one episode on
Practicing. Mike's words remind me of #11 of Winton's 12 Tips on

11) BE OPTIMISTIC. He suggested "Nobody wants to listen to a pessimistic
horn player", and he shared a quote from somebody, "Music washes away the
dust of everyday life from your feet". I like that.

His 12 Tips for Practicing were pretty solid IMHO. Here are the other 11.

1) Seek out private instruction.
2) Write out a schedual to practice the fundamentals of your instrument.
3) Set goals to chart your development (Where do you want to be in a
month, a year, etc).
4) Concentrate (Eliminate distractions if possible)
5) Relax and practice slowly
6) Practice longer on stuff you can't play
7) Play everything as if you were singing ie: with feeling
8) Don't be too hard on yourself, learn from your mistakes
9) Don't show off ("If you play for the applause, that's all you're
gonna get.")
10) Think for yourself

12) Look for the musical connections

Later harpers,
- -Rod-

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