Category Archives: Performance Preparation

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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Quick Rehearsal Tip – Don’t Be Too Specific

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

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Quick Performance Tip – Take the Stage

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.

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Quick Performance Tip – Control the Room

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!

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Quick Performance Tip – Keep the Stage Clear

Keep the stage area clear. It’s easy to trip on cables and stands, or to knock over instruments, if everything’s tangled.

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Quick Rehearsal Tip – Song Keys and Forms

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.

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Quick Practice Tip: Work on Efficiency at Slow Tempos

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

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