Felix Pastorius


How many days a week on average do you practice?

Kind of depends on how much playing I’m already doing and if I’m on the road. Practicing on the road can be challenging due to lack of time and even space. I also believe in taking breaks from playing or practicing to enjoy other aspects of life, you know like eating and sleeping. Joking but I am serious about having other enjoyments outside of music.

What time of day do you normally practice, and for how long?

I prefer mornings after breakfast with a good cup of coffee.

What does a typical practice session consist of, does it vary at all, and how has it changed over the years?

Warm-up -> Repetition of subject -> Free playing. Definitely varies from practice to practice but I kind of stay with a subject for a while so they might differ from one another but still outline the same concepts and ideas. It’s changed mostly in my ability to discern direction, purpose, and execution.

How has your current routine evolved to where it is now? Did you develop it yourself out of necessity, or have you been inspired by anyone else’s methods?

” …let us begin and create in idea a State; and yet a true creator is necessity, which is the mother of our invention.” The Republic, Book II, 369c, Plato

Sorry if that was cryptic. Necessity answers both.

Do you try to make time to practice a little bit of everything each session, or do you spend more time on a few specific ideas before moving on?

Depends on the subject at hand.

Do you have any practice methods that you would deem unusual?

I believe using various exercises to put your hands in different or unusual positions to be beneficial. Does that count?

We mortals have to constantly remind ourselves that exemplary musicians like yourself are really human. It is clear that personal practising is only one part of the puzzle in eventually becoming accomplished on any instrument, but do you think that it has played a major role in helping you to get to where you are today?

Absolutely. Nothing replaces time spent on your instrument. I realize there might be some people who see my family name as the reason I have progressed as a musician but that is an unfair reasoning for my abilities.

Finally, do you have any words of advice for anyone who is trying to practice more productively and become a better musician?

You need to focus on the qualities of music that excite and inspire you. Then it’s learn, practice, play.


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