New Year’s resolutions are about trying to subdue old bad habits and plant the seeds of new, better ones. Just for fun, let’s freeform some NYR’s for ourselves as horn players and musicians. This may require taking a peek or two at the dark side of our nature and our shortcomings, but what the heck.
New Year’s Revolution/Resolution ideas:
1. More efficient practice. To be distinguished from ‘more practice,’ which is also a good idea. But nobody has enough time to practice, so we need to use the time we do have very efficiently. This means getting organized and asking questions like “what do I need to do today, given the state of my chops and what I need to do in the immediate and near future. If you haven’t made a practice chart in a while, it wouldn’t hurt to make one now for your NYR and list the details of your warm-ups, technical review, technical development, etudes, solos, excerpts, chamber music, sight-reading, playing by ear and/or improvising. Since it’s impossible to do everything in one day, a chart that spans a week or two or four is a good idea; you can apportion tasks to different days or weeks. Perhaps Monday is major arpeggios and major scales in half the keys; you get the rest on Tuesday. Then Wednesday is minor arpeggios and the natural minor scale in half the keys. The other half you do on Thursday. Then Thursday is dominant 7th arpeggios in all keys, with harmonic minor scales in half the keys. Or a quarter of the keys. Friday… you get the idea.
This brings us to…