Frank Almond: On Work, Fun, and the Importance of Both in Dealing with Adversity

NBA coaching great Phil Jackson once said “Not only is there more to life than basketball,...

Rhythmicity: The Importance of Practicing Tricky Shifts in Rhythm

Rhythmicity: The Importance of Practicing Tricky Passages in Rhythm

It’s often said that timing is everything. Yes, people are typically referring to life or...

The Lazy (but Smart!) Person’s Guide to Mastering Self-Control

If you watched any TV during the 90’s, you will probably remember the Lay’s potato chip...

The Sneakier, More Insidious Form of Procrastination (and What to Do about It)

The Sneakier, More Insidious Form of Procrastination (and What to Do about It)

Final exams. Auditions. April 15th. What do these have in common? They’re deadlines. A final date...

How Effective Is Mental Practice, Really?

How Effective Is Mental Practice, Really?

The great pianist Arthur Rubinstein is said to have learned Franck’s Symphonic Variations by...

The Self-Evaluation Bias: Do We Really Sound as Bad as We Sometimes Think We Do?

The great violinist Jascha Heifetz once remarked that we should always be happy when performing....

Why Some Musicians Seem to Be Memorization “Naturals” (and How to Become More of One Yourself)

Ah, the dreaded memory slip. We’ve all experienced at least one in our lifetimes. And spent many a...

How to Stop Underestimating Yourself

A Way to Stop Underestimating Yourself

Could I become the principal clarinetist of a major orchestra? A YouTube star? Generate a 6-figure...

Adequate Learning Vs Overlearning: How Many Repetitions Is Enough?

Adequate Learning Vs Overlearning: How Many Repetitions Is Enough?

You know those happy moments in the practice room when you experience a tiny breakthrough, and after...