Two Essential Focusing Strategies

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:
Two Essential Focusing Strategies

Focus is the Key to Success

Intense focus is the key to making real progress in the practice room.

With focus, musicians make great leaps forward in their abilities. Without focus, many musicians flounder.

Two Important Focusing Techniques

The two focusing strategies we’re looking at today are simple in concept. The good news is they will give you amazing results. The less-than-good news is you need to start using these strategies permanently – not just today!!

1. Zero in on the Real Issue
You’ll need to zero in on the exact issue that is making a specific set of notes difficult to learn, master, and/or perform. Being vague won’t help you!

For example, the move from one note to another may be the difficulty. Or, maybe it’s the rhythmic placement of just a couple of notes that’s causing the damage.

In both of these cases, there is no reason to practice the entire song section over and over, hoping that the problem will fix itself. Instead, work on just the specific area that needs your attention.–and play it very slowly, accurately, and deliberately.

Once your attention is focused on the exact location that you need to master, practice very slowly, accurately, and deliberately. It’s at this very point that you’ll be starting the process of building a new, successful muscle memory.

This technique will make an enormous difference in your ability to perform the entire phrase those two notes
are a part of. Your intense focus will fix the problem and, as I mentioned before, create a muscle memory that will keep you going when you perform the song.

2. Think About One Thing at a Time
Another great way to make big gains in the practice room is by focusing on only one aspect of music at a time. I’m talking about the basic music elements: Pitch, Rhythm, Dynamics, Articulations, Phrasing, Timbre.

You can work on a rhythm without paying attention to pitch. Or you can make sure you’re hitting the right pitches without thinking about rhythm.

You can also do a slow runthrough hyper-focuing on your dynamics. Decide exactly when you want to be soft, medium, or loud. Figure out when to grow in strength (crescendo) or taper off your volume (decrescendo or diminuendo).

Another aspect of music to focus in on is tone production. Is your sound big and full? Light and airy? Are you attacking your notes sharply? Caressing the beginning of each note so it just appears from nowhere? Focusing on each of these ways to produce notes will totally change how you sound!

The same idea can be used with your technique. Try thinking about very specific aspects of your physical technique. Depending on what instrument you play or what type of singing you do, you may want to focus in on any of these: (1) only your left hand, (2) only your right hand, (3) your embouchure, (4) your breathing, (5) the position of your neck and shoulders, (6) your overall posture, (7) your knuckles, (8) your balance, (9) your weight distribution (important whether you stand or sit as you perform), and (10) tension in specific muscles.

Any physical attribute of your performing technique can become your target. Just be careful about one thing: Think about just one musical element at a time!

Combining Focusing Strategies

Both of these approaches will help you concentrate your efforts. And, once you’ve gotten used to using these strategies regularly, they can be combined.

For instance, while you’re fixing a specific note or two, you may need to think about the exact muscle pressure you’ll need to make those notes sound just right.

Putting specific notes, musical elements, and your technique under the microscope through intense focus is a tremendous way to fix subtle musical issues and propel your music to new heights. It’s all about Focus, Focus, Focus.

To Your Musical Success!
David Motto

p.s. If you’re looking for additional ideas for improving your focus, check out my blog post How to Focus Intensely in 6 Steps.

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Focus in 6 Steps

How to Focus Intensely in 6 Easy Steps

Focus and intensity are key components to staying alert while practicing so you can meet your musical goals. Though many musicians want to practice for hours on end, it’s nearly impossible to remain focused for such a long amount of time.

According to Dianne Dukette and David Cornish in their 2009 book The Essential 20: Twenty Components of an Excellent Health Care Team, most teenagers and adults are unable to sustain attention on one thing for more than about 20 minutes at a time. They can, however, choose repeatedly to re-focus on the same thing.

For musicians trying to learn new skills or master a particularly difficult section of a song, I think that 20 minutes actually seems a bit too long. Try no more than 5 to 10 minutes at a time. Even 1 to 2 minutes can be useful if you really need to zero in on something specific.

The Six Steps that Create Focus

To keep your level of intensity high while you’re playing your instrument, try these 6 steps.

STEP 1: Decide on an Ending Time
Have an ending time for your practice session. Whether it’s 10 minutes or 2 hours, make sure you know how much time you’ll have. You’ll get a lot more done and be more focused if your practice time isn’t open-ended.

STEP 2: Have No More Than 3 Goals
Decide on 3 main goals for your music today. This could be 3 sections of one song. Or, a scale, an exercise, and 1 section of your song. Do NOT start playing until you know what you’re trying to accomplish.

STEP 3: Write Down Your Goals
Write down those goals you just decided on. Seeing these details in print makes it seem more real. Use your Practice Planner, a piece of paper, your smartphone, your calendar, or whatever else you’ve got. Just be sure to write down today’s goals.

STEP 4: Start with the Goal that Scares You
After you’ve warmed up, start with the goal that you most want to avoid or that scares you a bit. Tell yourself that you WILL accomplish this goal right now. Tell yourself that this goal is important to you, that you’re up to the challenge, and that this is great use of your time.

STEP 5: Use a Timer
Put on a timer. Give yourself a specific amount of time to accomplish the first goal. Set the timer, and turn it so you cannot see it while you’re practicing.

Remember, for today you may not be able to play that music the way you hear it in your dreams. But, you can definitely work out the technical details and play it accurately at a very slow tempo. This can be accomplished much more quickly than you imagine, and having the timer on will push you to intense levels of focus and to get the job done.

Using a timer allows you to forget about the clock. Without a timer on, many musicians are tempted to look up at the clock to see how long they’ve been working on something. This gets you out of your focused zone. Forget all about time and intensely focus on the matter at hand. When the timer goes off, you’re done with this item for today.

STEP 6: Write Down What You Accomplished
Each time you complete an item on your goal list, write down what you accomplished, your metronome setting for today, and what still needs improvement. Tomorrow, seeing these notes will get you focused immediately.

Putting These Steps to Work

Try these 6 steps right now. Even if you’re not going to practice immediately, schedule your next practice session (with a specific start time and end time) and write down what the goals for that practice session will be.

To make these strategies a regular part of your practicing, you’ll need to try them out for at least 30 days. Every time you’re trying a new process in reaching your goals, be sure to give that process time to become normal and regular in your life. Making changes does not happen in a day or two!

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Being Organized

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:
An Important Way to Save Time and Frustration

Being Organized. It’s essential if you really want to meet your goals, save time, and lower your level of frustration.

To make the best use of your time, you’ll need to be extremely organized about planning the music to be covered in today’s practice session. And, please don’t forget to plan the physical organization of your practice space itself.

Have a Designated Practice Area

Most practice experts recommend having one place where you always practice. While this is obvious for pianists and drummers, it is an essential suggestion for guitarists, string players, and woodwind and brass players who can (and do) set up anywhere.

A single space for practicing has three high-level advantages:

  • You know your job is to play music when you’re in this space. This helps your concentration and focus.
  • It’s easy to tell others in your household not to disturb you when you’re in this space.
  • The practice room helps you form the habit of practicing regularly. Stepping into this space becomes a cue for playing music.

Organize Your Practice Accessories

Within your practice space, you can designate specific areas to place all the little items that make playing your instrument easier. You don’t want to waste time searching for your metronome, tuner, pencil, smartphone, sheet music, instrument stand, or other necessities.

The frustration of misplacing just one of these items can be enough to make some musicians simply give up on practicing for the day.

Some musicians keep these things in their instrument case. Others have a specific shelf, drawer, or table for this purpose. Many professional musicians have two sets of these items: one in their practice space, and another in their case for taking to rehearsals and gigs.

A Useful Rule of Thumb

Keep everything you need to practice within arm’s length of where you’re sitting (or standing) as you practice. Any time you have to get up or walk across the room to retrieve something is time wasted and an interruption to your concentration and train of thought.

The importance of keeping your focus and concentration while practicing cannot be over-emphasized. Focus is perhaps the single most important component of building successful skills during practice sessions. If you lose your focus, you’ll need to remember exactly what you were doing, get back into your thought process, and re-start your practicing. That is inefficient, frustrating, and an ineffective way to improve your skills.

Create Your Own Organizational System

There’s no right or wrong way to organize your practice area as long as you have some sort of system. That way, you never waste time during practicing and you eliminate a common source of musicians’ aggravation.

Try to have your practice space ready at all times. Keep a chair and music stand permanently set up. It’s a good idea to store your instrument there too! And, by knowing exactly where your accessories are, you’ll be ready to make music in no time.

To Your Musical Success!
David Motto

p.s. One absolute must-have item to organize your practicing is a practice journal. Using a journal is recommended by every expert on practicing music and goal achievement.

My journal is the Musician’s Practice Planner.

Used by thousands of musicians worldwide, the Musician’s Practice Planner helps you focus on your goals and achieve them!

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Control Your Nerves

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:
Know How to Control Your Nerves

Some musicians are lucky. They never get nervous.

They can perform at the drop of a hat. They don’t even give it a second’s thought. If this is you, feel free to skip this week’s Practice Tip.

For the rest of us, we need to understand our nervous cycles. We must learn to use our nervousness to our benefit and even channel this energy into our performances.

Nervousness Equals Caring

First off, know that you are nervous because performing music is important to you. You are actually lucky to have something in your life to feel nervous about!

You don’t get nervous about things that don’t matter to you.

You care so much about your music that it can make you feel nervous. Many people have nothing they are passionate about. You do! This is good news, not bad news.

By just openly admitting to yourself that your performance matters to you, and by committing fully to making it something meaningful for you, you can start the process of suppressing your nervous response. Own the fact that it’s important to you, and you’ll already be more confident.

Recognizing the Physical Effects

Second, learn how your nervousness manifests itself physically. Each of us reacts differently when we feel nervous. Do you get sweaty palms? Dry mouth? The shakes? Increased heart rate? Shallow breathing? Need to go to the bathroom?

By understanding the effect being nervous has on your body, you can decide on the best remedy to counteract your symptoms. It’s very important that you can clearly define and recognize these physical effects as they start to happen.

You may need to carry a towel or a glass of water on stage with you. Perhaps deep breathing exercises will help. Maybe you’ll need to visit the bathroom just before you walk on stage. Musicians even use prescription beta blockers to feel steady.

Do whatever it takes to feel in control physically.

Also, remember that when I say “stage,” I don’t necessarily mean an actual stage in front of a real, live, human audience. Lots of situations feel like being on stage and can trigger nervous reactions: playing for a teacher at a lesson, performing for a friend who will critique you, doing a runthrough in your practice studio while shooting video of yourself, going over something difficult at a rehearsal. As far as your nervous system is concerned, these are all the same as being on stage.

Your Nervousness Clock

Third, make sure you are aware of the timeline of your nervous cycle.

Some musicians feel overcome with nerves right before a performance. Others are nervous an hour before going on stage, or even the day before.

You must learn what you can and cannot get accomplished when you feel nervous. Perhaps practicing or warming up during that time period is not realistic for you. You will need to fill that time with something that will calm you down: a visualization, calling/texting a supportive friend, playing your favorite video game – something, anything that makes you feel normal.

Release the Energy into Your Music

Finally, you can decide to push your nervous feelings – which are a by-product of your desire for success – into the intensity of your music.

Don’t let your nerves affect your private thoughts or arouse your inner critic. Instead, take all that bundled-up energy and let it escape through your performance.

Controlling nerves is part of successful practicing and performing. Increasing your awareness and understanding of your own nervous cycle can have a surprisingly positive effect on your music, and your overall well-being.

Here’s my favorite anonymous quote on this topic:

“Nervous” and “excited” are the same thing, so you might as well call it “excited”!

To Your Musical Success!
David Motto

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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 as much as by what they hear. This could have a profound effect not only for musicians in competitions or auditions, but on any performer on any stage.

Now, I don’t think that anyone’s saying that a novice performer who looks terrific will be judged as superior to a world-class performer who looks terrible. But, if two performers are close in their abilities, what they look like while performing could make the difference between success and failure.

This is something for all of us to think about!

There’s more information in this great article from The Atlantic. Check it out!

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Play, Don’t Work

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:
Play Your Instrument, Don’t Work It

Work vs. Play

We live in a world in which a lot of work is drudgery. Some jobs are unfulfilling, and people can be unhappy at work.

These feelings should never exist when you play music. After all, it’s built into our language: We “play” our instruments, we don’t “work” them.

When you are playing your instrument – whether it’s what you do for a living or just as a weekend hobby – there should always be an element of play involved.

Think of young children on a playground. They’re unconscious of time, responsibilities, outcomes, what comes next. They’re just playing.

We have an opportunity to be like those children when we practice, rehearse, and perform. Sure, musicians want to make forward progress. But, sometimes this progress is best achieved by letting go.

Let It Go

Many musicians have difficulty letting go of their serious side, and sometimes you have to be serious to figure out a particularly challenging musical issue. Too much serious effort, however, will get in the way of becoming the musician you’ve always dreamed of being.

You can’t spend every practice session thinking it’s work!

Sometimes, you’ve just got to let go of all your “shoulds” and your usual expectations. You’ve got to let go and enjoy yourself!

Four “Play” Strategies

Here are four simple suggestions to put the element of “Play” into your, uh, playing:

1. Act Crazy
At some point during every practice session, play through something with reckless abandon. Don’t worry about your sound. Just play!

2. Try the Impossible
Try to play something that seems absolutely impossible – and be sure to laugh at yourself as you do it. This can be a lot of fun since you know there’s no possibility of “succeeding.”

3. Purposefully Sound Bad
Pretend it’s the very first time you’re playing, and try to sound like an absolute beginner. Play out of tune. Use horrible tone. Play way too loud. Lose all physical control of your instrument.

4. Play Something You Hate
Play a style of music you absolutely hate. Bring out all the elements of this style that you can’t stand. Overdo it. You can even use the body language of musicians who play this style.

Remembering to Have Fun

Each of these four strategies can add some humor to your practice sessions and reconnect you to “playing” your instrument

Being a musician is fun. We’ve all got to remember this. Recognize that what you’re doing in the practice room, during rehearsals, and on stage is play. This recognition will make all the difference!

To Your Musical Success!
David Motto

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How Breaks Improve Focus

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:
How Breaks Improve Focus

Practicing Without Breaks?

There is a myth among musicians that the best progress is made by locking yourself in a room and playing straight for two to four hours.

This is a fantasy.

Let’s take a look at reality.

First, the physical positions we put our bodies in to play most musical instruments are not exactly normal. And, singers can put a lot of strain on their throats and vocal apparatus if their technique is even a little bit off. It can be difficult or even painful to play and sing for hours on end.

Second, most people can’t concentrate for long periods of time. A high level of focus is needed for breakthroughs to happen.

If you want both to keep your focus and to stay healthy, you should take frequent breaks during practicing.

When to Take Breaks

How often should you take a break? Many teachers recommend a break after 30 minutes of playing. The truth is, there is no perfect, one-size-fits-all rule for everyone.

But, it is clear that most musicians would benefit from taking breaks far more frequently than they naturally do. I recommend deciding ahead of time how long you’ll practice before you take a break. Set a timer for that length of time and actually take the break when the timer goes off.

Don’t fall victim to the “I’ll take a break after I finish figuring out this thing I’m working on.” If that’s what you’re thinking, you’ll keep going too long and not take a break when your body needs it.

Another question: How long should a break be? Again, there is no definitive rule. A 5-minute break seems to work successfully for many musicians. Some need 10 minutes, depending on what they do during the break.

Why We Need Breaks

Breaks are important for avoiding repetitive-use injuries, back pain, and many other common afflictions. Breaks also give you an opportunity to clear your mind before moving onto another practice item. (For instance, going from technical exercises to songs.)

Breaks will definitely improve your ability to focus. For instance, if you are worrying about a voicemail or text message while playing, you are probably not at your peak practicing level. Your lack of concentration will make your practicing much less efficient.

What To Do During a Break

Here are some possible activities for your break time:

  • Drink some water so you stay hydrated and maybe even have a small snack.
  • If you’re a singer, gargle with warm salt water.
  • Stretch your muscles and walk. Some musicians even like running in place to get their heart pumping a bit faster.
  • If you have been standing, sit. This will give your feet and back a rest.
  • If you have been sitting, stand. This will let your blood circulate better.
  • If you feel hot, soak your hands in cool water. If you’re cold, soak your hands in warm water.
  • Read that text message. Quickly return a phone call. Take care of any small demand on your time so you will be able to fully concentrate on your music after your break.

When you return to the practice room after a short break, you will be focused, refreshed, and ready to learn more music!

To Your Musical Success!
David Motto

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Being in the Dark

David Motto’s Practice Tip of the Week:
Being in the Dark

Visual Information Can Be Distracting

Musicians often depend too heavily on visual information to help them play accurately. Whether it’s reading sheet music, getting a cue from another musician, or following a conductor, many instrumentalists and singers are too dependent on what they see.

Some musicians even watch their instruments in order to play. They’ve grown dependent on watching their fingers to hit the right notes.

All of this dependence on sight – and focusing on what you’re looking at – distracts you from the music itself. The real music you’re creating is pure sound. If you can re-connect to the aural properties of music without being distracted by what you see, you can have a deeper relationship with the songs you’re performing.

Try Total Darkness

One of the best ways to focus yourself on the sound you are producing is to practice in a darkened room. This is very different than playing with your eyes closed (where you know you can open them at any time) and I encourage you to turn off the lights!

I’m not recommending low-level lighting or mood lighting. Try total darkness. Make sure you cannot see your hand in front of your face.

Once you’ve grown accustomed to being in the dark, try playing some music you know well. How do you feel? Do you have any sensations you don’t normally have?

Many musicians are afraid to try this practice technique because they worry they won’t be able to play at all, that they’ll miss too many notes, or they’ll become disoriented.

But, don’t worry about those things. Actually, if they happen, it’s perfectly fine–even to be expected. It’s part of the experience of trying something new and may make you re-think how you’re playing certain notes.

Benefits of Playing in the Dark

When you play in the dark, you will learn a lot about yourself. You’ll gain new insight into both your strengths and weaknesses. You’ll be a better judge of your true comfort level with the music you’re playing.

And, there’s another bonus to this practice technique:

Without the visual distractions that can make you start thinking about something other than the music itself, your level of focus will rise to a whole new level.

By the way, this practice technique is a lot of fun for ensembles too. Now, it may not work for an entire orchestra or concert band, but chamber groups, rock bands, jazz combos, and small choirs can all benefit from making music in a darkened room.

You will have the opportunity to really, truly listen to your fellow musicians, and you will learn to trust each other as well.

Experiencing your music in a darkened setting will force you to come to terms with any weaknesses in your playing. And, better yet, it will allow you to hear yourself more completely.

To Your Musical Success!
David Motto

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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 often, musicians feel they can just practice, rehearse, or perform for an hour or two, and then walk away with no regard whatsoever to the demands they place on their bodies.

Sometimes, these demands are too much. You or someone you know may be playing in pain or could even be dealing with an injury from playing music.

There is even an entire medical specialty, “music medicine” that has been created to deal with the stresses put on musicians from playing their instruments. There used to just be “sports medicine.” Well, now we musicians have our very own specialty field because of the damage we inflict on ourselves!

My Own Story

This topic is near and dear to my heart. When I was in college, I suffered a debilitating overuse injury in my left hand. I was unable to play for three years and didn’t know at the time if I would ever play music again.

As you can imagine, this was a traumatic time for me.

But, I was lucky. I healed and was able to return to being a musician full time.

Since then, I’ve been an advocate of playing entirely pain-free, minimizing the use of pressure to create tone, and understanding the physiology and bio-mechanics of playing musical instruments.

Stretching Like an Athlete

You may not regard your playing as an athletic endeavor. After all, your heartbeat generally won’t rise to its target exercise rate, and you may not sweat while you play.

But, your muscles, joints, and spine are all being taxed. Make sure your body is ready for this physical demand before you start playing music.

Like all good athletes, musicians should stretch out before practicing or playing. It’s a great idea to stretch afterward also.

You don’t need to do 30 minutes of yoga or Tai Chi. Even a few minutes of basic stretching will pay off. Stretch your neck, your legs, your arms, and your hands. A little stretching now could save you from injury later.

Many musicians develop tightness or pain in specific areas. Perhaps this is the case for you. If so, focus your stretching on that area and related areas in your body.

For instance, if your hands tighten up while you play, stretch not only your hands, but also your wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, and back.

Beyond Stretching

To improve their performance, musicians can also use other methods favored by athletes. In addition to stretching, it can be useful to apply heat or ice to painful or tight muscles. Massage, Alexander Technique, and Feldenkrais are helpful for some musicians.

If you think of yourself as an athlete, you will take the time to prepare yourself for practicing and performing. Stretching and other activities just might keep you healthy.

Then, you will be able to enjoy playing music for a lifetime.

Great Resource for Musicians

My go-to guy for stretching routines is Bob Anderson, one of the world’s foremost experts on stretching who has worked with many college and professional sports teams.

You can visit Bob Anderson’s Stretching website for information on his books and software.

I use Bob’s stretching book every day and endorse it enthusiastically.

To Your Musical Success!
David Motto

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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 people – instrumentalists and vocalists, beginners and professionals, rockers and classical players.

There’s a lot of advice available on memorization techniques. There are books. (A lot of books.) There are websites. (Really a lot of websites.) There are online forums. (Mostly full of advice from musicians who know a whole lot less than you already know.)

You can read through these memorization tips – some of which are absolutely worthwhile and helpful – and still miss the strategy that I consider the all-time, #1, best-of-the-best memorization strategy.

Sure, it’s hidden in the other information, usually as a minor part of another strategy. It needs to be singled out, however, because it is an absolute game changer for musicians.

Here it is:

“The Song” vs. “Performing the Song”

Always memorize The Song before you try to learn how to play The Song. “The Song” and “How to Play the Song” are two completely different things.

Starting the memorization process by learning how to play The Song before you’ve learned The Song itself is a huge waste of time and effort. I think you know what I mean. You’ve probably found yourself struggling more than once with memorization issues while simultaneously dealing with coordination issues and performance issues.

The Song is sound. That sound is organized into sections and usually has a melody, harmony, and rhythms. It’s in a certain key (or keys) and has a specific pulse (which, in sheet music would be a time signature). The Song may or may not have lyrics.

You can memorize absolutely every one of these elements of your song without ever playing it on your instrument or singing the melody.

Using Recordings to Help the Memorization Process

The best method for memorizing The Song is to listen to recordings of it many, many times. But, it’s a specific kind of listening, and it needs to be done in a specific order.

Here’s the order:

First: Listen for Fun
You remember how fun songs were when you weren’t trying to perform them yourself? You need to recapture that amazing feeling. Enjoy the music. Get to know The Song like any fan or audience member would.

Second: Song Sections
Okay, here’s where you start listening like a performing artist who needs to get inside The Song. You’re no longer an audience member just having fun. Time to get to work! Identify the song sections. Notice which sections are the same (or very similar). Notice which are different. Learn how long each section is. Know what order the sections are in. If you’re using sheet music, read along in the music as you listen to the recording and notice where the sections are in the printed music and add your own markings to the sheet music to identify the sections.

Third: Rhythms
Familiarize yourself with any complicated rhythms in the song. Be sure you can clap or sing these rhythms perfectly. No faking allowed! You’re not going to be able to play or sing these rhythms correctly when learning, practicing, and performing The Song if you can’t do the rhythms on their own.

Fourth: Sing Your Part
If you are an instrumentalist and this is a solo piece, you’ll need to sing through what you’ll be playing before you attempt to learn it on your instrument. If you’re an instrumentalist and part of an ensemble or band, make sure you can sing your part before learning how to play it. If you are a singer, make sure you can sing through the melody with the correct rhythms and entrances as you listen to the recording. No matter what your musical responsibility is, you’ve got to hear all the important musical elements of what you’ll eventually be performing. And, you’ve got to hear them perfectly.

All four of these steps are necessary if you want to truly be in control of The Song.

Change Your Relationship to Memorization

This whole process could take a day, a week, or several months depending on how much time you have, how much experience you have, and how
complex the music is. Don’t worry about how long it takes. Just memorize the song!!

Only when you’ve completed the process of memorizing The Song itself (and I mean really memorized it!!) should you start learning how to play it.

Starting the memorization process with The Song itself – instead of just jumping in and trying to instantly perform – will completely change your relationship to memorizing music. You will be able to learn how to play every song much faster, and you’ll be able to memorize playing The Song more efficiently with less anxiety and more confidence.

To Your Musical Success!
David Motto

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