When practicing, one usually focuses on the hard parts that are not perfect, but, every once in a while, you will accidentally play really well!  You might be able to play for hours without getting tired, you have a good reed day or you can tongue faster than normal!  Of course, the opposite can be true.  If something doesn’t work today – move on to something else – don’t force it.  Practice something slow and legato.  Practice scales, even with a dead tone – you are still making progress (Molly, our flute teacher would be jumping for joy – right?!)!  If nothing else – mentally practice, listen to recordings of accomplished musicians on your instrument, research articles or books related to styles of music or your instrument.  All musicians (students AND professionals) have off days – the universe will align once more!

Reference:  “Oboe Art & Method” by Martin Shuring


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