Be a Musician, not a Technician. In this excerpt out of the film, "All the Mornings of the World," an aspiring player applying to take lessons is dismissed by the Master as being merely a technician, not a musician: Note that for his audition he plays a technical exercise, fairly well, but without musicianship: no finding the theme, no constructing the phrase, and no bringing the series of notes together as a coherent whole. It is only decades later, and after paying more dues than most of the subscribers to this forum will ever pay, does the young man finally mature into the man and musician he aspired to be, finally playing a duet with the Master, almost too late, The Tomb of Regrets. And the audience is left to wonder who is regretting what: is it the Master regretting not accepting the young man as a student early in his career, and now his daughter is dead, so no posterity, or the young man, when in his dotage, has a flashback of playing this duet with the Master at the height of his career at the French Court, and in his dotage is trying to pass along musicianship to the next generation of technicians aspiring to be musicians, but who don't get the point. Be the musician. Don't be too enamored by flashy technique. Use the tools of technique as a means to a greater understanding and expression of the music. Study the songs and learn how the song breathes and takes flight, not just which note is played at which part of the song. Study how you, as the foundation, can make the group sound better, not complaining about the drummer. Some years ago a conductor under which I played a show in Branson, supporting an entire stage full of instrumentalists and vocalists, sent me a video of a boy on a street corner with superlative technical execution as he played technical patterns in a derivative of Larry Graham style. I replied, "Yes, but can he support an ensemble?" Crickets.