The Upside-down Bow, and Why It's Valuable to Play in Ways You Never Would on Stage

The Upside-Down Bow, and Why It’s Valuable to Play in Ways You Never Would on Stage

One of the most memorable exercises I can recall from my Suzuki days was the one where I was asked...

Why you may need a

Why You May Need a “Not-To-Do” List to Achieve Important Goals

Whether it’s winning the Tchaikovsky Competition, recording all 6 Bach Cello Suites, running a...

The upside of boredom

The Upside of Boredom

From Skype to Slack to Google Docs, it’s pretty incredible what we can do with the phones we carry...

Having a Bad Practice Day? Turn It Around with This 3-phase Self-regulation Strategy.

Having a Bad Practice Day? Turn It Around with This 3-Phase Self-Regulation Strategy.

As a kid, I remember enjoying lessons much more than I enjoyed practicing. After all, practicing was...

“Brain Fatigue” and the Best Thing to Do on a Practice Break

Whether we’re practicing, studying, or doing our taxes, there comes a point where our brains begin...

What Causes Choking Under Pressure? (And What Can We Do About It?)

What Causes Choking Under Pressure? (And What Can We Do About It?)

I remember my first studio class in grad school. I was set to play the 5th Paganini Caprice, which I...

WOOP: A Goal-setting Strategy for People Who Don’t Believe in Goal-setting

WOOP: A Goal-Setting Strategy for People Who Don’t Believe in Goal-Setting

You know how many kids grow up with dreams of representing their country in the Olympics, or making...

A Practice Hack That Could Significantly Boost Practice Efficiency (but Probably Won't Feel Like It)

A Practice Hack That Could Significantly Boost Practice Efficiency (but May Not Feel Like It In the Moment)

I don’t know if it’s true, or just my imagination, but I’ve always felt that my most...

A Nifty Mental Hack to Help You Navigate Life’s Challenges More Masterfully

A Nifty Mental Hack to Help You Better Navigate Life’s Challenges

I remember sitting at a desk in my room in spring of my senior year, wondering where I should go for...