Category Archives: Musicianship

3 Skills Essential to Sight Reading

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Do you want to improve your sight reading? Are your efforts not yielding visible results? Maybe you’re going about it […]


Listen Like a Superhero

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“Be sure to listen!” This was my teacher’s final piece of advice before I played my first orchestra rehearsal. I […]


Tempo Is Not a Number

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“Tempo is not a number,” I said to my student. My student was trying hard to work his piece up […]


Rejecting Perfection

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Perfection has its good points, I guess. I wouldn’t know because I’ve never been there. Perfection appears to us as […]


Eat Your Vegetables – Review Your Music!

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Do you review your music as a regular part of your practice, or a “maybe if I get around to […]


Cool Metronome Trick #17: Create Time

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A metronome trick? Of course! The metronome is a mystery for many musicians. We know we should use it and […]


Fear and Uncertainty: the What-Ifs

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Fear. Uncertainty. What would happen if you stopped “what-if-ing” and just did it? Fear and uncertainty are the dream-killers for […]


Practice Your Musical Creativity

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Musical creativity isn’t a “yes or no” thing. It isn’t a “have it or don’t have it” kind of skill. […]


Playing the Right Notes at the Right Time

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Playing the right notes at the right time may be enough. “There’s nothing remarkable about it. All one has to […]


Become a Better Musician This Summer: 20 Ways to Do It

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Becoming a better musician is truly a lifelong pursuit, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make significant progress this summer. […]