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 Performance Tips
David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Know How to Control Your Nerves Some musicians are lucky. They never get nervous. They can perform at the drop of a hat. They don’t even give it a second’s thought. If this is … Continue reading
David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:The #1 Music Memorization Strategy There Are a Lot of Memorization Techniques Many musicians contact me asking me for tips on playing and performing from memory. It’s clearly something that worries a lot of … Continue reading
Convince Your Audience What matters during your performance is being convincing. It’s best if you feel in control, but – even if you feel a bit out of control and on the edge of your abilities – convince your audience … Continue reading
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
Never play the beginning of your next song before you actually start performing that song on stage. Don’t give it away!
Count in every song. Don’t just start playing and expect everyone else in the band to know where Beat One is. Too dangerous!
While you’re on stage, keep your game face on and keep going . . . no matter what! Never let the audience know that something is wrong.
Decide as a group who’s giving cues where they’re needed in different songs. Make your communication clear inside your group! Clear cues, and knowing where they’re coming from, will make everyone feel more confident on stage.
Take the stage. Be noticeable and feel that you are worthy of being noticed. Make it obvious that you have arrived and that something important is about to happen.
When you talk to the audience, take total control of the room. Be bigger than life. Use a mic, lighting, whatever it takes. Own it!