While at a workshop this weekend with Campbell Ryga (sax) and Jim Lewis (trumpet/flugelhorn,) there was a lengthy discussion on practice methods and whatnot. Jim talked about how he has this thing called Key of the Week, where he'll pick one key and work on it all week. I also recalled recently reading an interview with Ron Carter saying that he will spend a while in one key, playing the major scale for an hour a day to get it *perfectly* in tune, and at the time of the interview, was spending a lot of time in Db. I've come up with something that I'd like to start next week, and would appreciate any insight or tweaks y'all might have. So, the Key of the Week: Spend the first week in A. Second in Bb, etc. Pick 5 tunes. Learn them in the Key of the Week. Practice each mode for each day of the week. For instance, ionian on Sunday, dorian Monday, etc., as well as the melodic minor and harmonic minor modes as well. So on Wednesday, you'd practice lydian, lydian dominant, and the 4th mode of the harmonic minor scale. I want to do this because I find myself getting key-dependent, which ended up causing problems when I had to sight-transpose down a minor third during a performance on Sunday and I realized how foolish I had gotten in becoming so key dependent. In the end I mussed up a tune we had been doing very well in practice, of course I felt even more guilty because the singer was the only one of 3 (!) in our combo that I actually liked. I think this'll be a very difficult practice method to keep up due to a job and school, but I think (hope?) the rewards after I finish three months of this will be rather significant...and what's the point of playing if you're not challenging yourself?