This message was contributed by Simon Lenton on 26/2/06.
It was in reply to this message: Grades
posted by Dan on 20/2/06.
|Hello again Dan. I think you know the answer to your first question already. It's all about practice. As the old Harry James gag goes when he was asked - "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? - "practice my boy, practice". Don't be satisfied with OK, aim for the best you can do. All the FAB members joined the same way - we found them, they didn't find us. If you're good, you'll get noticed - it's as simple as that. It's impossible to hide talent - people talk about it all the time. As regards grades and things, just look at them as bench marks. I know loads of players who have every performing qualification you can mention but it doesn't make them great players. Likewise I know lots of players who have no certificates who are fantastic. In many ways it's simple; either you can play or you can't. Don't settle for mediocrity was the best advice I was ever given. There's always room at the top. It's the middle ground that's full.|