I was fortunate to see French guitarist Thibault Cauvin play in San Francisco years ago during a competition (which he won). At the time, he was a very young and already a very fine musician with ample technique. What set him apart from the other competitors was his ability to move energy through his guitar with an intensity that was palpable.
This wonderful video comes via the Paris Guitar Foundation. It provides a great collage of Thibault’s activities and has footage of some great playing.
I came across this wonderful video of Steinway Artist and Professor of Piano, Dr. John Mortensen. Watch his video if you want his reasoning behind the list below. And, while I don’t think it’s possible to all of these ten things every day, he really makes a good point about composing and improvising. This is something I rarely do. : (