Category Archives: Music Practice Tips

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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Control Your Nerves

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

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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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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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Being in the Dark

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Being in the Dark Visual Information Can Be Distracting Musicians often depend too heavily on visual information to help them play accurately. Whether it’s reading sheet music, getting a cue from another musician, or … 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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The Best Music Memorization Tip Ever

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

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Physical Comfort

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Physical Comfort Making Music Can Feel Unnatural The physical positions used to play musical instruments, and the stress put on the vocal cords when singing, can be unnatural and occasionally uncomfortable. Because of this, … Continue reading

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Adding Emotion to Music

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:How to Add Emotion to Your Music Building Emotional Roadmaps Having an emotional roadmap for any song you’re learning makes performing more satisfying and truly communicates the meaning of the music to an audience. … 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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