Tonight's practice: a big YEAH. Affirmative. So affirmative I wrote it in big letters in the practice log, at the end of my supposed fifteen minutes "just do it quick before bed" turned into more than an hour. Before I started, I wrote down most modest goals for today's session in my log book, and alas... the list expanded as I went. (More about practice logs tomorrow... unless other inspiration hits.)
Sound is getting there. Something is happening. Great, great joy.
But, lesson: Take nothing for granted, you multi-instrumentalists. Tried the HA-TA-TA long tones just from middle G to middle C on the alto sax tonight. The alto, which I've been playing since age 9. These long tones kicked my, um... What I mean to say is, my chops hurt after just a few notes. Wow. Great lesson. Then worked on two tunes on the alto... then moved to soprano and worked on two tunes... then flute for my short list of tunes... a list that just expanded tonight.
Looks like the "just pick up the instrument" thing will no longer do, and it is with great joy that I'm leaving that behind. Great, great joy.
Thought it would be hard to make it 100 days. Now I'm wondering how I could NOT do it. 15 days in, and the bug has bit. How about you? It will.
But beware the dreaded plateau. It will come. Be ready for "All this practice and I'm getting nowhere." First of all, it's not true. But second of all, have this answer ready for yourself: "You're already somewhere. Stick around for a while and enjoy the scenery."