Category Archives: Motivation

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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Three Types of Deadlines

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Three Types of Deadlines Deadlines Change Your Thoughts and Actions It’s one thing to say – in the abstract – that you’re going to learn a new piece of music or a song. It’s … Continue reading

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How to Overcome Any Musical Challenge

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:How to Overcome Any Musical Challenge It’s Not About Working Harder and Harder Many musicians hunker down and work harder and harder – and get more and more frustrated – whenever they face a … Continue reading

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Half Year Goals 2017

Goals for the Second Half of the Year Today is July 1. Half of the year is gone. How did the first half of the year go for you? Hopefully, at the beginning of the year, you set annual goals, … Continue reading

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How to Use Short Bursts of Time

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:How to Use Short Bursts of Time Our Busy Lives Many musicians feel that they won’t accomplish their goals without spending extraordinary amounts of uninterrupted practice time. But, let’s look at reality for most … Continue reading

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Two Scientific Reasons Why You Should Rethink Your Use of Practice Time

Two Scientific Reasons Why You Should Rethink Your Use of Practice Time How Do You Think About Practice Time? Like most other musicians, I spent most of my life thinking that how much practicing I did directly impacted how much … Continue reading

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Ten Minutes a Day Really Works

Though many musicians, performing artists, and other creatives like the idea of being obsessed with their goals and spending hours at a time on their creations, the truth is that few people have a lot of time each day to … Continue reading

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Metronomes Define Priorities

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the WeekHow Metronomes Define Your Priorities The Importance of Mastering the Basics Mastering the basics is what makes great musicians sound so great. Knowing that you have control of intonation, tone, rhythm, and time lets … Continue reading

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