People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it's the other way around.
This holds true for this musician also. I've done my share of exercises, learning etudes and the works of others. Now I find an exercise when I new piece arrives that requires an exercise to hone the execution. What of the stories I tell myself about myself as a musician?
Changing these stories has been a very slow process, fostered partly by the words and insights of a few musicians who I respect. Still the ones I generate myself are the most important. Listening for the truth and building this foundation through practice is the story I am interested in today.