Category Archives: Music Lessons

The Secret to Sightreading

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

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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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How Breaks Improve Focus

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

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Musicians as Athletes

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

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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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Three Essential Metronome Strategies

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

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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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Practice TODAY

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

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Four Ways to Have Fun When You Practice

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

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How to Deal with Frustration

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:How to Deal with Frustration Frustration is Bound to Happen It goes without saying that when you practice music, you are trying to play things that you don’t currently know how to play. Practicing … Continue reading

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