Very fortunate to have another great interview, this time with Lawrence University student Jake Victor! Jake is a double major in jazz piano and percussion performance in his third year.
-Takes walks before practicing
-Practices in the morning
-Spends 3-6 hours a day practicing
-Emphasizes listening and learning by ear
Jake also asked me to add the following:
One more thing I forgot that's very important -- patience is so key. Just understanding that it's a process and not to get frustrated that you're not getting something as quickly as you want to and really learning it the right way and not acquiring any bad habits, and not to get too caught up in judging how fast you're coming along. There's a quote from inner game of tennis that I love about that idea, take however much of it you want but I'll give you the whole thing:
"When we plant a rose seed in the earth, we notice that it is small, but we do not criticize it as "rootless and stemless." We treat it as a seed, giving it the water and nourishment required of a seed. When it first shoots up out of the earth, we don't condemn it as immature and underdeveloped; nor do we criticize the buds for not being open when they appear.
We stand in wonder at the process taking place and give the plant the care it needs at each stage of its development. The rose is a rose from the time it is a seed to the time it dies. Within it, at all times, it contains its whole potential. It seems to be constantly in the process of change; yet at each state, at each moment, it is perfectly all right as it is. Similarly, the errors we make can be seen as an important part of the developing process.
In its process of developing, our tennis game learns a great deal from errors. Even slumps are part of the process. They are not bade vents, but they seem to endure endlessly as long as we call them bad and identify with them. Like a good gardener who knows when the soil needs alkaline and when acid, the competent tennis pro should be able to help the development of your game. Usually the first thing that needs to be done is to deal with the negative concepts inhibiting the innate developmental Process.
Both the pro and the player stimulate this process as they begin to see and to accept the strokes as they are at that moment. The first step is to see your strokes as they are. They must be perceived clearly. This can be done only when personal judgment is absent. As soon as a stroke is seen clearly and accepted as it is, a natural and speedy process of change begins."