Hey Ed. We definitely agree.
I think that maybe my comments were misunderstood. By "making music", I meant the same as you -- to "rehearse and perform music". I didn't mean to imply that "composing music" was part of my daily practice schedule.
Bach Stradivarius 43* (1974), Bach 3C Mouthpiece.
Getzen 896 Eterna Flugelhorn (1974), Curry 3FL Mouthpiece.
Plus a few other Bach, Getzen, Olds, Carol, and Besson horns.
For me the daily routine is the common denominator in my playing, that is why it is "Maintenance" and not "getting better".
I do my daily routine daily. Especially on concert days, I do not try and "stretch" anything.
That being said, I think that WHAT we play for a daily routine is pretty close to insignificant. HOW we play whatever is the real challenge. Adding a scale to the daily routine is only a good idea if the brain is turned on.
I think that TALK about optimization often is in the way of LISTENING to what your body is telling you.
There are people at TM that "practice" 3 hours on concert days. That would KILL most members here. Why? Degree of listening over years.
Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.
My teacher is telling me that the daily routine stuff is a mindless think that should just be played without thinking about it. Almost like a robot. That is the daily routine. Then you play music which according to him is totally different. That is when the thinking comes in and the daily routine "stuff" should kick in because it has been engrained in us. The routine "stuff" should just become a part of us and when it is time for music it is just there. Does that make sense?
With a commitment to learning and practicing over time one becomes ready to perform music. If one doesn't have have the commitment to learn HOW and and have a experienced regimen of practice DOING the HOW, good PERFORMANCE of music will remain forever elusive and never be achieved.
In an aside, it is beyond me how anyone can expect to become proficeint performing when they cannot READ the notes, symbols and notations of music and HOW correctly to play them. Not sayin' I always play the notes correctly ... yet, but I keep trying to do so. Them that TRY, I enjoy whether I tutor or listen. "Play it again, Sam."
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