You have to be true to yourself

but at the same time listen to others and take advice,

listen to live performances,

listen to multiple recordings of the same piece

and work out how you want it to sound.

Record yourself and listen back;

in my experience it doesn’t always sound

the way you think it does!

If, like me, you have the privilege of

working with composers,

make sure you spend a decent amount of time with them

and get into their sound world.

via Meet the Artist – Tim Psappha, percussionist — The Cross-Eyed Pianist