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I think the Only way to do it is to keep thinking about it and reminding yourself to stop. ralph bowen told me at a jazz camp that I was at that he tries to minimize all movement in his body other then his fingers when he plays, because excess movement leads to tension and gets in the way of playing the horn. that's why he's like a statue when he plays. try practicing longtones with your fingers as light on the keys as possible, and then scales. start slow and get faster and keep concentrating on having your arms, shoulders, wrists, and of course fingers relaxed. I've been where you are before, man! you can do it!
Concentrating on relaxing is the vital ingredient.

I don't do Ralph's exercise myself, but if you go about it by just telling yourself "hold still, don't move," you're going to be tense all over. And that's even worse than having tense hands or fingers!
 

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Also - this has helped me in other matters on the horn - if the idea of s l o w practice seems bothersome or torturous or that it will last forever, let go of that judgment. Don't think of it as rolling the rock up the mountain; you'll hate it. Think of it as something you just do a bit of daily...no pressure for success in the moment...just a little time being at peace with your horn.

I like pig's suggestion of making a mental image at bedtime. Embrace this kind of peace and restfulness.
 
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