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: Performance Preparation
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
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
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
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
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
Take the stage. Be noticeable and feel that you are worthy of being noticed. Make it obvious that you have arrived and that something important is about to happen.
When you talk to the audience, take total control of the room. Be bigger than life. Use a mic, lighting, whatever it takes. Own it!
Keep the stage area clear. It’s easy to trip on cables and stands, or to knock over instruments, if everything’s tangled.
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.
Work on efficiency – minimizing movement, controlling pressure, staying in position – at very slow tempos in slow motion. When you go faster, you won’t notice these things, but they will definitely affect your playing and limit your ability to … Continue reading