All else aside, when I'm about to practice/perform my attitude is "make do". Won't say such always results in my best, but I realize that I have mental ups and downs from day to day. Just hope you are listening on one of my "up" days. Now break time is over and I'll continue practicing.
1991 King Silver Flair
1953 Olds Super (LA)
1979 King KG1055T (pre UMI) Silver Flair
1940? Olds Ambassador (LA) tenor trombone
I'm not responsible for offending people -- people are responsible for themselves taking offense at me
Is this why so many great musicians were junkies?
Last edited by EdMann; 05-05-2012 at 08:56 PM.
There's a wonderful article about Judith Sexton in this month's AFM Musician magazine in which she recounts a day at a relatively difficult miniature golf course where she nails over half of the course in hole-in-ones. She's never had any training in golf and attributes this feat to mental imagery. Says she, "Your brain does not distinguish a difference between doing an action and imagining it." I wholeheartedly believe this. Overwhelmingly, her students come to her with tension issues, worry issues. She alleviates them of their burden.
The OP is letting us in on his personality by mentioning how his mind gets in the way negatively. I believe it SHOULD get in the way, positively. Just the other day I was called to do a rare lead gig with some older players, players who've heard a lot of lead players. I didn't care. They can have their own thoughts. I strolled in, picked up the book and thought about Judith there in Chicago slamming balls on the mini course. Did just fine. Like the song says, Pure Imagination.
It is an unfortunate consequence of the sixties decade that encouraged experimenting. However, many great professionals today are not substance abusers. Those who have quit the pattern, continue in successful careers.
Must run off, got a medicine consultant on a patient in the psych ward!
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