What Musicians Are Saying About David Motto
John-Carlos Perea, PhD
Grammy-Winning Cedar Flutist,
Bassist, and Vocalist
San Francisco, CA
David Motto’s fresh and creative approach broke my old mind-set about how the best musicians got that way. I do more now in ten minutes of practice than I used to accomplish in weeks, if ever.
Michael Papanek, Guitarist
David Motto delivers powerful tips designed to transform musicians by helping them make the right decisions with their limited practice time. When he first shared these strategies with me, I realized there was a whole new way for me to think about playing my instrument. My playing immediately changed for the better.
Jason Craven, Music Educator
La Honda, CA
Your practice tips are clearly a product of decades of research on what works and what doesn’t. God bless you for de-mystifying the process for us who never thought we could get better at this.
Monet Silvestre, Keyboardist
Category Archives: Achieving Goals
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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