Are you listening?
Good, because I want you to hear this: while practice, particularly properly focused practice, is the primary path to progress for any musician, the most important skill you can develop to propel you on that path is listening.
What makes listening so critical to your success?
First, it is your most important tool for identifying errors in your practice. If you don’t...
You have no time to practice?
Perhaps you’re getting ready for a trip or you have a special project at work. Maybe a family member needs extra care right now. Or maybe things are just crazy.
Whatever the situation, if you can find 15 minutes, you can do enough practice to tide you over the busy period.
Can’t find 15 minutes? I can help you with that too. But first let’s talk...
Still Still Still
Some Christmas carols are joyous and celebratory. Others reflect the peace that is also characteristic of the season. If “Silent Night” is perhaps the most well-known of those, the closest runner up would have to be the Austrian carol “Still, Still, Still,.”
The carol is a wiegenlied or cradle...
There are etudes, and then there are etudes.
In harp pedagogy, we have the basic fundamental studies like the Pozzoli etudes in the Grossi Metodo per Arpa and the flashy concert etudes of Zabel and Posse.
For those more familiar with the piano repertoire, these translate roughly as Czerny studies and Chopin etudes.
In fact, Chopin is likely the name we associate most with etudes, no matter what...
In this video, you will discover:
Below is the transcript of the video and the links to the...
It's Independence Day - for your fingers, that is!
In this video you will learn exactly what finger independence is, why you want it and how to get it.
I share the five practice tips that will help your fingers do what you want them to, the way you want them to.
Plus I walk you through my secret for success with one of the most challenging finger-twisting patterns. (Think Conditioning Exercise...
The Andrews Sisters
"Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative..."
These motivational words are the opening lyrics of a 1945 song by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer The song won the Academy Award that year and was a huge hit for Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters.
Negative thinking is one of the hidden dangers in music practice. It can masquerade as perfectionism, striving to be...
What would musical success look like for you this year?
I’m guessing that like the rest of us you have made some New Year’s resolutions, and that being a musician, some of those resolutions are about your musical growth. Whether it’s about doing more practice or learning a special piece or taking more frequent lessons, there is always a way we want to improve and grow...
The holiday music season is in high gear!
Black Friday is not only the beginning of the holiday shopping season; it’s the start of the holiday music season. There are church programs, student recitals, parties, concerts, music gatherings of all kinds. The holidays are a special time and what makes that festive gathering extra special? Live music.
And what makes live music? It’s not...