Part I of The Musician’s Way presents six groundbreaking chapters that outfit musicians to practice creatively and efficiently. The links, tips, and techniques below supplement those chapters.
Portable Digital Recorders for Musicians
Zoom H6. Extraordinary 6-track recorder with 24 bit, 96K capability.
Tascam DR-22WL. A less-expensive option for self-study recording.
Audacity. Free open-source software for audio recording and editing.
HD camcorders at Amazon – great selection & low prices!
Scores and Sheet Music
Internet Music Score Library Project. A vast repository of 200K+ free scores.
The 4 Types of Music Editions by Gerald Klickstein. Avoid faulty editions.
Free downloadable scores via the Sibley Music Library at Eastman.
Free online scores & Special collections from the Indiana Univ. Music Library.
Staatsbibliothek Berlin. Scores, autograph manuscripts, and much more.
Bavarian State Library Digital Collections. Free downloads: the complete works of Schumann, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Liszt, Handel, and more.
Music Manuscripts Online. Via the Morgan Library & Museum.
Music Treasures Consortium. Via the Library of Congress.
WorldCat.org. Find scores, books, and recordings in libraries worldwide.
Neue Mozart Ausgabe free digital version. The complete Mozart by Bärenreiter.
Schubert Autographs. Free online viewing of Schubert’s manuscripts.
More Schubert Autographs, via the Morgan Library & Museum.
Juilliard Manuscript Collection. 140 documents for online viewing.
American Sheet Music, 1820-1885. US Library of Congress. 110,000 scores.
African-American Sheet Music. Thousands of scores via Brown University.
Historic American Sheet Music. From the Duke University Music Library.
Yiddish Sheet Music. From the collection at Brown University.
Sheet Music Plus. Extensive selection; low prices.
Warm-Ups and Restorative Movements for Musicians
The Total Warm-up. Crucial strategies, via The Musician’s Way Blog.
A Proper Warm-up Has Important Benefits, by physiologist Elizabeth Quinn.
Pre-playing warm-ups. Factsheet published by the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine. Please read the above article by Elizabeth Quinn and study the factsheet instructions before you try out these movements.
David Russell speaks about warming up, practicing, maintaining a repertoire of accessible pieces, and preserving the fun in music making. (Video)
“Qi Gong [Tai Chi] Exercises for Musicians.” Free video by Scott Lee.
See p. 23-34 of The Musician’s Way.
7 Essentials of Artistic Interpretation, by Gerald Klickstein
Videos: Search YouTube for videos of master musicians teaching interpretation. Use keywords such as “Pavarotti masterclass” or “violin master class.”
Books about Musical Interpretation
The Musician’s Way, by Gerald Klickstein (Oxford, 2009).
Note Grouping, by James Thurmond (Meredith, 1982).
Musical Interpretation, by Tobias Matthay (Schirmer, 1918). Free e-book.
Baroque Music: Style & Performance Handbook, by R. Donington (Norton 1982).
Interpreting Bach at the Keyboard, by P. Badura-Skoda (Oxford, 1995).
The End of Early Music: A Period Performer’s History of Music for the 21st Century, by Bruce Haynes (Oxford, 2007).
Singing in Style, by Martha Elliott (Yale, 2006).
See p. 114-129 of The Musician’s Way.
“how to play in someone else’s band,” by Danny Barnes. Sage advice!
“The Secrets of Successful Collaboration,” by Keppie Coutts. Insights into collective songwriting; broadly applicable.
“Two Is the Magic Number.” The creative power of collaboration (Slate, 2010).
“The Role of Chamber Music in Learning to Perform: A Case Study,” scholarly article by Burt-Perkins & Mills, in Music Performance Research, Vol. 2 (2008).
“Strategies for Ensemble Practice,” a chapter by Jane Davidson and Elaine King, in Musical Excellence: Strategies and Techniques to Enhance Performance, edited by Aaron Williamon, 105-122 (Oxford, 2004).
The Chamber Music Network. Facilitates informal playing. 5000+ members!
The Art of Quartet Playing: The Guarneri Quartet in Conversation with David Blum (Cornell, 1987).
Music Practice, Theory, and History Resources and References
Articles about Deep Practice on The Musician’s Way Blog.
Theta Music Trainer. Outstanding free ear training & music theory games.
Metronome Apps. A selected list from BulletproofMusician.com. BestMetronome.com. Free online metronome. Customizable beat rates.
“Rythmic Precision.” How to use metronomes effectively, by Gerald Klickstein.
“It’s Not How Much; It’s How.” By Robert A. Duke. Research pinpointing effective practice strategies. (JRME, 56/4, Jan. 2009)
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, (Belknap, 2014).
Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better, by Lemov, Woolway & Yezzi (Jossey-Bass, 2012). Strategies largely geared to educators.
“Practice,” by Nancy H. Barry and Susan Hallam, in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance, edited by Parncutt & McPherson, 151-166 (Oxford, 2002).
“Strategies for Individual Practice,” by Harald Jørgensen, 85-103; Mental Skills Training,” by Connolly and Williamon, 221-246, in Musical Excellence: Strategies and Techniques to Enhance Performance, ed. Aaron Williamon, (Oxford, 2004).
For improvisation resources, see the For Instrumentalists page.
Listening to Music
Deep Listening. An article on The Musician’s Way Blog.
ArkivMusic.com. “The source for classical music.”
PristineClassical.com. Historic recordings remastered by Andrew Rose.
PracticeSightReading.com. Generate rhythm exercises; multiple levels.
Eye Movement in Music Reading. A well-referenced article on Wikipedia.
“Sight-Reading,” by Lehmann & McArthur, in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance, eds. Parncutt & McPherson, 135-150 (Oxford, 2002).
“Strategies for Sight-reading and Improvising Music,” in Musical Excellence, edited by Aaron Williamon, 143-159 (Oxford, 2004).
Sight-reading/sight singing methods for instrumentalists and singers:
Solfèges des Solfèges, by A. Dannhäuser (3 vols.). Free download.
A New Approach to Sight Singing, by Berkowitz, Frontrier, & Kraft.
Rhythmical Articulation, by Pasquale Bona.
Memorization for Musicians
See p. 82-93 of The Musician’s Way.
The Four Stages of Memorization. Powerful strategies, by Gerald Klickstein.
Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, by Brown, Roediger, McDaniel (Belknap, 2014).
Memorization: Psychological Data and Some Practical Tips, by Scott M. Smith.
“Liszt: The Man Who Invented Stage Fright,” by Steven Hough. Pros and cons of performing with or without a score.
“Memorising Music,” by Aaron Williamon, in Musical Performance: A Guide to Understanding, edited by John Rink, 113-126 (Cambridge, 2002).
“Memory,” by Aiello and Williamon, in The Science & Psychology of Music Performance, eds. Parncutt & McPherson, 167-181 (Oxford, 2002).
“Singing by Heart: Memorization Strategies for the Words and Music of Songs,” by Jane Ginsborg, in The Music Practitioner, ed. Jane Davidson, 149-160 (Ashgate, 2004).
“Performing from Memory,” by Chaffin, Logan, & Begosh, in The Oxford Handbook of Music Psychology, eds. Hallam, Cross, & Thaut (2008, p. 352-363).
“The Value of Performing from Memory,” by Aaron Williamon, Psychology of Music, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 84-95 (1999). Abstract of important research article.
“Strategies for Memorizing Music,” by Jane Ginsborg, in Musical Excellence, ed. Aaron Williamon, 123-141 (Oxford, 2004).
Practicing Perfection: Memory and Piano Performance, by Chaffin, Imreh, and Crawford (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2002).
Read the Preface to Guide to Memorizing Music, by Alfred J. Goodrich (1906).
The Musician’s Way, by Gerald Klickstein (Oxford, 2009). Comprehensive guidelines to learn, memorize, and perform as well as build a career.