Category Archives: Music Rehearsal Tips

Prepare for Any Performance

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

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Stage Clothes

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:The Performance Preparation that Nobody Does Whether your performance garb is white-tie and tails or a vinyl mini-skirt, you need to be sure you can play well in your stage clothes. Hardly anyone double … 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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Quick Rehearsal Tip – Don’t Be Too Specific

Don’t get too specific with your musical decisions. It’s better to say, “We’ll vamp until cue” instead of “Play this 6 times.” No one will remember to play that section 6 times at your performance, and being so specific will … Continue reading

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Quick Rehearsal Tip – Know Who is Giving Cues

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.

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Quick Rehearsal Tip – Song Keys and Forms

Know your keys and song forms before the band gets together. This will save huge amounts of rehearsal time and lower the level of frustration in the room.

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Quick Rehearsal Tip: End with Something Fun

End your rehearsals with something fun that everyone likes to play. You’ll remember the fun ending, not the hard work!

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Quick Rehearsal Tip – Plan Ahead

Agree to a plan ahead of time. Even if the plan is “let’s jam and see what happens,” everyone will want to know that this is how you’re going to spend your time together.

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Quick Rehearsal Tip – Learning vs Performance

At every rehearsal, and for each runthrough, decide ahead of time if the group is in learning mode (ok to stop) or in performance mode (not ok to stop). This is crucial to your success when you finally arrive on … Continue reading

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