Been thinking a lot about covering other musicians as practice. It’s not only one of the oldest ways to practice, it’s one of the best ways to practice. Don’t practice scales: practice imitating musicians you love.
Here’s a 15-year old stellar version of Stevie Wonder’s I Wish, featuring a young Derek Trucks, as well as the incredible skills of Victor Wooten and Joey Defrancesco. A recent note from a reader reminded me of Wooten’s entertaining Castaneda-esque book on music practice, The Music Lesson. I did a review of it some years ago here. It’s worth reading. Check it out!