One of the things I have been working on and having my students focus on during their practice sessions in the art of creativity and self-expression. I know it is very easy to get into a rut and feel like we play the same old things when we sit down behind our instrument. In order to avoid that, I think it is very important to trust our own creativity, and come up with musical and/or rhythmic phrases that may seem a little strange, but are still our own creations. Here are some great articles that look at creativity and self-expression. Enjoy!