i am applying to colleges next year, and i'm beginning to prepare for my scholarship auditions. most of the colleges want you to play 2 or 3 jazz standards. i figure i'll play with my trio.

so far to prepare, i've been listening a lot, transcribing a lot, working on technique (mostly scales and bach inventions) and putting thought into which tunes i'll play.

most of the auditions happen around december or january, so i have about 6 months to make my improvising as good as it can be.

any suggestions as to what else i could be doing to make my playing as good as possible?
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the most difficult thing to do is to be content with where you are at the moment.  try not to "focus" on "improvising as good as it can be" or "playing as good as possible".  just play.  

you've learned a lot so far, and the purpose of going to school is to get better, so right now you're somewhere in between.  in reality, for the rest of your life, you will always be in between, right?  that's the way life works (says me:)

bottom line...if you don't worry about it, you will play the best you can.  thinking about it is what messes things up.

good luck...and of course, groove on...
remember most of the all time greats
1)had a few drinks then just had a good time playing.
2.)just worried about how they looked while they played because they really just played because they thought girls liked musicians.
3.) warmed up loudly backstage just to try to trick people into thinking they were serious musicians.
4.)wore protective headgear and flack jackets to auditions in case people threw things at them.
thanks mike i'll be sure to keep those in mind
these days i find skateboarder stores are great for finding cool protective gear.
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