Category Archives: Motivation

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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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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Stage Clothes

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:The Performance Preparation that Nobody Does Whether your performance garb is white-tie and tails or a vinyl mini-skirt, you need to be sure you can play well in your stage clothes. Hardly anyone double … 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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SMART Goals

Using the SMART Goals System to Get What You Want Setting goals is great. Accomplishing those goals is even better! Everyone working on new skills, getting ready for competition, growing their business, or trying to get their ideas heard and … Continue reading

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End of 2017 Goals

Time to Set Your 3-Month Goals for the End of 2017! Happy October! Time to set your 3-month goals for the end of 2017. Then work backwards: monthly goals this week’s goal today’s goal – which is what you practice … Continue reading

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Focus in 6 Steps

How to Focus Intensely in 6 Easy Steps Focus and intensity are key components to staying alert while practicing so you can meet your musical goals. Though many musicians want to practice for hours on end, it’s nearly impossible to … Continue reading

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Being Organized

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:An Important Way to Save Time and Frustration Being Organized. It’s essential if you really want to meet your goals, save time, and lower your level of frustration. To make the best use of … Continue reading

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Play, Don’t Work

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Play Your Instrument, Don’t Work It Work vs. Play We live in a world in which a lot of work is drudgery. Some jobs are unfulfilling, and people can be unhappy at work. These … Continue reading

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Get In the Zone

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Get in the Zone The Importance of “The Zone” The traditional approach to practice (spend more time until you get better) has been blown out of the water by ideas of practicing deliberately, receiving … Continue reading

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