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: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:6 Steps to Prepare for Any Performance From Learning to Mastery Once you can control all the notes for an upcoming concert, audition, gig, or other important situation, the practice room needs to become … Continue reading
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
How You Look on Stage Really Matters There’s been a lot of media attention recently on how our perceptions, expectations, and prejudices influence our decision making. It turns out that judges in music competitions are influenced by what they see … 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
Costumes, Clothing, and Concert Dress:Creating Your Stage Presence Performers must be comfortable on stage, but they also must look the part. Audiences expect a symphony orchestra to be dressed formally, a country act to have a few musicians wearing cowboy … 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!