Yes, I know I have bad habits. =P I think my main problem is that my shoulders and arms are stiff. I tend to hunch over, I guess. And I'm still trying to find the sweet spot for contact...there's so much to think about! *brain explodes* Anyways, my teacher said I have a good position having not taken many lessons, the main things to work on are my upper body stiffness and heel position.
Thanks for the tip about keeping my heels down, by the way! I'll have to try that next time I ride.
Good analogy with the musical instruments. I played violin for 4+ years before switching to viola. I guess it's the same principle. :)
I'm going to see if my instructor would let me have my lesson on my mare sometime. We both need training.