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When Every Note Vibrates with Life

“Whatever music you play or sing, your objective is to express musical ideas, not spew out notes.”
The Musician’s Way, p. 24

Accomplished musicians bring vibrancy to every sound they make – there’s an emotional power to their music that captivates listeners.

Student performers, by comparison, often come across as bland. They may focus on mechanical execution instead of expressing the emotions in each phrase. Continue Reading

Starting Practice with Intention

“Leaving your troubles behind, enter the exquisite realm of music making.”
The Musician’s Way, p. 6

The beginnings of practice sessions set in motion everything that follows.

When we start with clear intentions, we accomplish more in the shortest time.

Here are ideas for launching each practice session with optimal focus. Continue Reading

April 2014 Newsletter

“Confident performance is not a fluke, but the product of imaginative and consistent synthesis of technical and emotional work.”
-Frank R. Wilson (The Musician’s Way), p. 146

The April 2014 edition of The Musician’s Way Newsletter has landed in subscribers’ inboxes and is being shared across the Web.

This new issue brings together 20 articles and resources geared to performers, educators, students and music lovers alike. Continue Reading

The Number-One Motivator of Music Practice

Photo of two hands playing a piano keyboard“With a commitment on your calendar, your practice becomes targeted toward an exhilarating purpose.”
The Musician’s Way, p. 108

Some musicians relish daily practice; others struggle to work consistently.

Whatever our relationship with practice might be, there’s one thing that will motivate us to practice intensely: an upcoming performance.

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Committing to the Creative Process

“Being a musician isn’t about pursuing some nirvana of artistic enlightenment; it’s about endless refinement and discovery.”
The Musician’s Way, p. 110

This blog and The Musician’s Way book explore diverse strategies to practice deeply and efficiently.

If you’re a regular reader, you’ve taken in bundles of information, so it would be reasonable to ask, “What’s the best way to absorb all of these concepts?” Continue Reading

5 Benefits of Self-Recording

Zoom H4n digital audio recorder“Keen self-listening is central to musical excellence.”
The Musician’s Way, p. 16

Without the ability to hear ourselves precisely, we can’t perform to professional standards nor solve problems in practice.

Fortunately, today’s digital recorders empower musicians to appraise their work accurately and objectively.

This post sums up five main benefits of self-recording and highlights some of the best digital recorders on the market. Continue Reading

Bringing Joy to Practice

Image of young woman playing the cello“One must approach music with a serious rigor and, at the same time, with a great, affectionate joy.”
–Nadia Boulanger, composer & pianist (The Musician’s Way, p. 292)

How we sound in performance is a direct result of how we practice.

So even though practice entails focused work, it’s crucial that we permeate our work with joy.

The following 4 habits help us infuse practice with bountiful spirit. Continue Reading

February 2014 Newsletter

“When we generate positive emotions, we ignite creativity.”

The February 2014 issue of The Musician’s Way Newsletter coalesces more than 20 resources for performers, educators, and arts administrators.

You’ll find articles about boosting creativity, enhancing music practice, navigating the music business, and much more. Continue Reading

Scheduling Practice Sessions

“Your artistic evolution is best served by steady, judicious practice.”
The Musician’s Way, p. 11

Consistent practice empowers us to become the artists we aspire to be.

But skillful practice doesn’t just happen – we have to learn how to practice effectively.

The most fundamental thing we need to grasp is how to manage our time, so here are 5 guidelines that help musicians use their practice time wisely. Continue Reading

10 Affirmations that Energize Music Practice

Claudio Arrau

“I think it’s beautiful to practice. I love to practice.”
-Claudio Arrau, pianist*

To be a musician is to be someone who practices.

Day after day, we musicians work in solitude to learn new repertoire, refine old repertoire, and polish our skills.

Most performers also rehearse with others, applying their solitary efforts in groups large and small.

The demands of daily practice prove too much for some aspiring artists, but affirmations can powerfully fuel any artist’s drive to work. Continue Reading