Wynton Marsalis: 12 Rules of Practice

Wynton Marsalis knows how to practice. As a younger man, he was equally at home in front of a symphony orchestra playing the Haydn concerto, or laying down some serious jazz with Art Blakey. Check out his 12 Rules of Practice after the video.

The Percussion Instruments at the End of Your Wrist

Another post introduced the importance of rhythmic skill, and how using a percussion instrument at the same time as your other instrument can add greater depth and rhythm to your ability on your main instrument. The video below combines all of that wonderfully in an epic a capella patty cake singing performance, shot in 1 take.

Plays Well With Others: Why Practice Alone?

One of the many things I discovered while doing research for The Practice of Practice is that music practice can be a lot more than just sitting alone in a room working on technique. That part is important, but it’s hardly everything. One of the most in-the-shed, hard-practicing musicians to ever play is John Coltrane. Check out him practicing with a drummer below, and the same tune with a full band (including Miles)…