Your daily routine
Again and again there’s one thing that I experience with students and me alike: you hurry to practise the saxophone, get everything fixed up in high-speed and here we go!
Well, no….nothing goes anywhere. The horn doesn’t sound well. Maybe the reed’s too dry, maybe the sax is too cold. No it’s you being cold, not warmed-up to play not present! You are
not ready to play!
Don’t be afraid. I will not talk about meditating for hours oder doing endless tone-excersises. It’s much easier:
- Concentration is the most important thing. You have to concentrate on the musical topics you’re working on, for sure. Concentration is about being here at this very moment. It starts by opening the sax-case!
- Single-Tasking is the thing!
When you take your horn out of the case….you take it out of the case.
When you put the reed on your mouthpiece….you are fixing your reed properly on the mouthpiece.
Even when hanging your neck-strap around your neck….you focus on that!
Work calm and concentrated. You won’t see your sax fall on the floor because you’re multi-tasking and you won’t forget to close your case properly after practising!
- Rituals Let your praxtise-time be a religious service! Let it be a ritual! Always try to play and practise at the place at the same day of the day. Preparing your horn for playing, assembling your reed and mouthpiece is a great way to calm down and look forward to playing some music.
- Put away everything you don’t need for practising. It is crucial when everything is assembled to have a tidied up space to practise. Put al the useless crap your don’t need for your playing away. Close the sax-case and put it somewhere you can’t see it. Make yourself a cosy place, a „wellness-oasis“ for music. Then you can really focus on filling the air around you with sound!
- Focus on the crucial musical topics. Be sure you know what you want to learn and achieve. What do you want be avble to play in one year? What do you want to know more about in half a year? Make up a plan including excersises you need to work on to achieve that goal. No matter which goal you are about to reach, there are basics you have to work on regularly: tone, technique, rhythm.
Leave out the unimportant stuff. Unimportant stuff is something that doesn’t take you any further and isn’t fun. If it’s fun, it’s not unimportant!
Less is more: focus on one item at a time. Stick with it. Work calm and with perseverance. Be sure about what you want to achieve during the upcoming practise-session. When this goal is reached, take the next step, focus on the next musical topic. Don’t overload your practising-schedule: less is more!
- Rests are important. Not only musically. When it comes to practising you have to stop from time to time a take a break. Take a break to make things clear, to let the things you played pass in review and to prepare for new material.
*** Smile, breathe, go slowly! ***