Category Archives: Performance Preparation

Best Counting Methods

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week: The Best Counting Methods One of the top pieces of advice music teachers give their students is to count all the time while they’re playing. Keeping the count allows musicians to improve their … Continue reading

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Controlling Your Inner Voice

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week: Take Control of Your Inner Voice It’s important to use your inner voice very carefully when you practice and perform. Did you just think to yourself, “What inner voice?” If you did, that’s … Continue reading

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Practice in Front of a Mirror

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Really Seeing Yourself When we practice, we often feel that our technique is strong and we are playing efficiently. It would be interesting to know if someone watching us practice would come to the … 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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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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