Warm up properly.

Take in a full breath with some energy.

Support your sound at all times.

Listen to your sound.

High notes are not higher; they are farther out in front of you. Always think about PROJECTION.

Use a metronome. Time is of the essence!

Don’t lose concentration every time you make a little mistake or a “flurp.”

Practice slower and speed up gradually.

Don’t learn mistakes by practicing too fast.

Build confidence in your abilities.

Work for consistency and control.

Horn up and KEEP it there.  Always play with a good posture.

Think about the way you look to others when you are playing – always have a confident demeanor.

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