Category Archives: Music

The Secret to Sightreading

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:The Secret to Sightreading Many musicians are worried that their sightreading skills are not strong enough. Yet, sightreading is seldom made a regular part of practicing. The Real Goal of Sightreading It’s important to … Continue reading

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Practice First

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Making Time for Music Too Busy to Practice? If your life is busy, you may find it challenging to “fit in” your practice sessions. Day after day, practicing can take a back seat to … Continue reading

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Avoid the SAD Syndrome

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

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Recognize What You Do Well

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Recognize What You Do Well Accomplishments vs. Problems Do you recognize your accomplishments and feel good about them? Many musicians are guilty of focusing only on the problems in their playing. It’s important to … Continue reading

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Do SOMETHING Every Day

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Do Something Every Day It’s important to make practicing a regular part of your life. Even on the days when you don’t want to do anything musically, it’s important to get started. And you … Continue reading

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Redefining Success

One of the things that plagues musicians when they practice is stopping playing, making a quick correction, and restarting. I call this the SAD Syndrome (SAD stands for Stop And Do-it-again), and I’ve seen it happen in my own practicing … Continue reading

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Two Essential Focusing Strategies

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Two Essential Focusing Strategies Focus is the Key to Success Intense focus is the key to making real progress in the practice room. With focus, musicians make great leaps forward in their abilities. Without … Continue reading

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Focus in 6 Steps

How to Focus Intensely in 6 Easy Steps Focus and intensity are key components to staying alert while practicing so you can meet your musical goals. Though many musicians want to practice for hours on end, it’s nearly impossible to … Continue reading

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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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