Ultimate Thanks to Bob Reynolds for lending me his horn last minute – on his Birthday no less! Saved my ass. Great musician. True friend.
— Joshua Redman (@Joshua_Redman) September 30, 2014
Last week I spent my birthday performing with Joshua Redman. He even played an entire gig on my saxophone. It was incredible.
What made it more powerful was it happened 20 years—almost to the week!—after writing down goals to learn Josh’s solos.
A quick story about goals
I encourage everyone who studies with me to get a notebook and keep a goal journal. It’s advice I received from saxophonist Jim Snidero, 20 years ago at a Jamey Aebersold camp.
Jim suggested getting a composition book and writing down my “5-10 year, 1 year, 3 month, 1 month, and weekly goals.”
At the time 5-10 years seemed an eternity (I was sixteen). But I’m glad I followed his advice. In the two years that followed I had some of the most focused and productive practicing I ever achieved.
I’m sharing a few pages from that book with you in the hopes of inspiring you to start your own goal journal. Today. I promise, it will be fun to look back on in 20 years.
If you’re a member of my Virtual Studio, I’d encourage you to post your goals in our private forum, here: Share Your Practice Goals | Virtual Studio Community