Category Archives: Performance Preparation

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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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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SMART Goals

Using the SMART Goals System to Get What You Want Setting goals is great. Accomplishing those goals is even better! Everyone working on new skills, getting ready for competition, growing their business, or trying to get their ideas heard and … Continue reading

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Your Stage Look

How You Look on Stage Really Matters There’s been a lot of media attention recently on how our perceptions, expectations, and prejudices influence our decision making. It turns out that judges in music competitions are influenced by what they see … 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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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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Clothing as Stage Presence

Costumes, Clothing, and Concert Dress:Creating Your Stage Presence Performers must be comfortable on stage, but they also must look the part. Audiences expect a symphony orchestra to be dressed formally, a country act to have a few musicians wearing cowboy … Continue reading

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