Seek out private instruction
A good instructor will help you understand the purpose of the exercises you practice, and will help you learn how to control your instrument and ultimately control youself through playing your instrument. Another reason to seek our private instruction is that other people’s experience can provide you with shortcuts to get where you want to go. You could take years trying to figure out something that a good teacher could show you very quickly…..no matter how talented you are, there will be things you don’t know. An instructor can evaluate your situation more objectively than you can yourself. A teacher can be like the captain of a ship and keep you from straying of course.
Wynton Marsalis, from “Marsalis on Music” p. 123