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 Rehearsal Tips
David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week: The Best Counting Methods One of the top pieces of advice music teachers give their students is to count all the time while they’re playing. Keeping the count allows musicians to improve their … 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: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
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
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
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
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.
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.
End your rehearsals with something fun that everyone likes to play. You’ll remember the fun ending, not the hard work!
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.