Originally Posted by fatoldman
First, master your instrument (to me this is technique or how to use the tool on our feet, where PSIA seemed to fail you)
Second, master the music (this is tactics, the how, when, where and why to use the technique you mastered)
Then forget all that shit and play. (This is why we ski)
From your posts this season it sounds like you had a major breakthrough on the first of these this year so the others should fall in place if they haven't already.
Best wishes on the future.
Yes, Charlie Parker quote noted and thanks for the best wishes.
Yes it is the first of these that I'm mostly talking about. To continue with the music analogy, we have scales and arpeggios (for mechanics.) We have chord scales taught to us that work over certain chords in certain keys (for improvisation - tactics?)
Where's the analogy in skiing? What are the scales? What are the arpeggios? What are the "standard" chord scales to play in a situation?
In years of clinics, lessons and coaching I really can't recall any basic technical analog to learning my scales and arpeggios.
Pedagogy is lacking. Student centered teaching can get you just so far. A brilliant instructor one-on-one with repeated lessons can probably do it, but short of that I just don't see it in the American Teaching System.
I watch the race coaches with the kids on our mountain and they have some pretty standard things they work on. Progressions. Basic skills. Fairly large groups of students too. It works.
Charlie Parker was shown the basic skills he needed to master his instrument, it was pretty easy to find.
Oh and to he among us who says "well what are you doing to make it better? Just complaining won't do anything!" Hogwash. It ain't my responsibility, it's the supposed masters, the trainers, those who set the standards and evaluate us who should be documenting some pathways.