Category Archives: Achieving Goals

Controlling Your Inner Voice

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week: Take Control of Your Inner Voice It’s important to use your inner voice very carefully when you practice and perform. Did you just think to yourself, “What inner voice?” If you did, that’s … Continue reading

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Achieving Your Musical Dreams

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Achieving Your Musical Dreams Today is the third day of the new year. Some people have already dropped their resolutions! Research tells us that 25% of new year’s resolutions are dropped in the first … Continue reading

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Drill, Baby, Drill

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Drill, Baby, Drill! Finding the Right Solution Even when you’re already using efficient practice techniques – like Very Slow Practice, focusing on Tough Stuff, and Breaking Down songs into small chunks – you may … Continue reading

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Long Practice Sessions

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Making Long Practice Sessions Efficient Advantages of Long Practice Sessions While you can accomplish a great deal in a short amount of practice time, there are advantages to long practice sessions. Aside from the … Continue reading

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Help Your Memory – Write It Down

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:An Easy Memory Aid Successful Musicians Write Notes to Themselves Some musicians treat their sheet music like an ancient manuscript to be displayed in a museum. They keep it in perfect, pristine condition. Sheet … Continue reading

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Practice First

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Making Time for Music Too Busy to Practice? If your life is busy, you may find it challenging to “fit in” your practice sessions. Day after day, practicing can take a back seat to … Continue reading

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Avoid the SAD Syndrome

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Avoid the SAD Syndrome Many musicians have a habit of practicing in a way that will never lead to success in a performance. Their practicing is full of uncontrolled stops and starts. Their playing … Continue reading

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Prepare for Any Performance

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:6 Steps to Prepare for Any Performance From Learning to Mastery Once you can control all the notes for an upcoming concert, audition, gig, or other important situation, the practice room needs to become … Continue reading

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Recognize What You Do Well

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Recognize What You Do Well Accomplishments vs. Problems Do you recognize your accomplishments and feel good about them? Many musicians are guilty of focusing only on the problems in their playing. It’s important to … Continue reading

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Do SOMETHING Every Day

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Do Something Every Day It’s important to make practicing a regular part of your life. Even on the days when you don’t want to do anything musically, it’s important to get started. And you … Continue reading

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