March 12, 2013
"When practicing it is almost impossible to reach a higher step on the ladder than you can imagine yourself. So, in order to reach far, you must start with your imagination. You must create an inner image of yourself on a higher level than you are now. Your ideal image of your own playing. A goal to reach for. If your attitude is “we will see what happens”, it is very difficult to come far. If you say to yourself “this is what I want to happen”, you have a much greater chance of success. This is true in the long term planning as well as in the minute to minute practicing."

Oystein Baadsvik is one of the world’s greatest tuba players, but this blog post on practice technique applies to all musicians. I love his focus on helping yourself and achieving daily immediate improvements.

Øystein’s blog - It’s not magic - A note on practicing

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