This a repost that I did on another forum: I was wondering if i could get some tips or read some of your experiences as to how you balance both jazz and classical playing at the same time... Here are 2 big issues that I'm having: 1. Practice Sessions are too long! I'm not sure if there is a way around this but i find myself spending the 1 hour working on warming up and workingon arban's and clarkes for maintaining and such things. Then I return and have a 2+ hour session working or literature and etudes and things like that, and then I return for to more 2+ hours of working on transcribing solos and improvisation... I'm not sure if there is a way around this or if this is just the work that needs to be done in order to do both at the same time... I know that 5 hours isn't allot and soon (like next week) I'll probably be doing 7 -8 hour practices, but my issue is that I'm not going to have all this practice time in the future so how would i cut my practice time to say 2 hours and fit everything? 2nd problem: sound concept... Sometimes my jazz sound is really killing (in a good way) but then I can't get away from it and I play classical with the same tone that i play jazz, which is not good. it's like listening to chet baker (not that I sound as good as chet or anything) trying to play classical... It's funny because its very easy to go from my classical sound to jazz but it's allot harder to go from my jazz sound to classical.. If anyone has had similar experiences or has input please share! Thanks.