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: Music Lessons
David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:The Secret to Sightreading Many musicians are worried that their sightreading skills are not strong enough. Yet, sightreading is seldom made a regular part of practicing. The Real Goal of Sightreading It’s important 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:How Breaks Improve Focus Practicing Without Breaks? There is a myth among musicians that the best progress is made by locking yourself in a room and playing straight for two to four hours. This … Continue reading
David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Musicians as Athletes The Demands We Make on Our Bodies Physical comfort while playing your instrument is important, and your actions before and after you play also greatly influence your ability to perform. Too … Continue reading
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
David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week3 Essential Metronome Strategies Metronomes Are Must-Have Tools Metronomes are great tools for helping musicians play evenly, learn rhythms, and take control of counting. And, you can use a metronome to help you achieve … Continue reading
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
David Motto’s Practice Tip of the WeekPractice TODAY Reasons Musicians Don’t Practice Every Day Today’s practice tip is a variation of last week’s “Practice Every Day.” But, it’s a very important variation. Here’s why: Even though musicians know they’ll benefit … Continue reading
David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:4 Ways to Have Fun When You Practice It Can’t All Be Work! Practicing music can be a lot of hard work. Mastering the technical demands of your instrument, learning challenging music, and having … Continue reading