Category Archives: Music

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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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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Using Your Phone

Your Smartphone as Mastery Tool Why Do We Call These Things “Phones” Anyway? It’s funny that we continue to call smartphones “smartphones.” The original idea of a phone was a tool to make voice calls to someone else so you … Continue reading

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Three Types of Deadlines

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

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How to Use Short Bursts of Time

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:How to Use Short Bursts of Time Our Busy Lives Many musicians feel that they won’t accomplish their goals without spending extraordinary amounts of uninterrupted practice time. But, let’s look at reality for most … Continue reading

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