Category Archives: Tools for Musicians

Musicians as Athletes

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:Musicians as Athletes The Demands We Make on Our Bodies Physical comfort while playing your instrument is important, and your actions before and after you play also greatly influence your ability to perform. Too … Continue reading

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Using Your Phone

Your Smartphone as Mastery Tool Why Do We Call These Things “Phones” Anyway? It’s funny that we continue to call smartphones “smartphones.” The original idea of a phone was a tool to make voice calls to someone else so you … Continue reading

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Three Essential Metronome Strategies

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week3 Essential Metronome Strategies Metronomes Are Must-Have Tools Metronomes are great tools for helping musicians play evenly, learn rhythms, and take control of counting. And, you can use a metronome to help you achieve … Continue reading

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Metronomes Define Priorities

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the WeekHow Metronomes Define Your Priorities The Importance of Mastering the Basics Mastering the basics is what makes great musicians sound so great. Knowing that you have control of intonation, tone, rhythm, and time lets … Continue reading

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Here’s How I Quickly Set Up Practice Loops for Any Song

One of my Top Ten Practice Tips for making your practice time efficient and effective is to “Break It Down.” This means playing through very short sections of a song, looping each section, instead of going through the entire song … Continue reading

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