In my mind, these are the three traits of any good person and musician, both in terms of who they are and in a musical sense. It is especially true for principal/lead players. My question is this, Manny: in addition to a consistent daily practice routine/schedule, how does one build and improve upon these characteristics in his/her playing? In the Monette video, for example, where you are demonstrating the Prana horns on the Bartok excerpt, you played that (on camera) at least six times. Who knows how many before and after... (well, you, the camera person and Dave do, but not too many others). Each playing is right on. Every time. Without fail. That's your job description...how do we improve that aspect of our playing? I ask because in the concert I just finished, I had several solos. One was always a kind of crap shoot...sometimes I nailed it, others, not so much. I worked it every day (even in different keys), but it was still not at the point where I felt it was reliable and consistent. Next time out, I want to be reliable, stable and consistent. 100%.