“Deep practice feels a bit like exploring a dark and unfamiliar room. You start slowly, you bump into furniture, stop, think, and start again. Slowly, and a little painfully, you explore the space over and over, attending to errors, extending your reach into the room a bit farther each time, building a mental map until you can move through it quickly and intuitively.”
-Daniel Coyle from The Talent Code
I can not recommend the book The Talent Code enough for both teachers and players alike. It is a fascinating look at practicing and talent with lots of very easy to understand science to back it up. A lot of it immediately ended up influencing how I approach the horn and how I teach my students.
Every musician should read this book.