One Of The Most Overlooked Elements Of Effective Sight-Reading

One of the absolute best sight readers I’ve ever had a chance to play with (a saxophonist by the name of David Hughes) had a saying about reading even the most difficult music at sight: Sight-reading is as much an attitude as it is a skill. And it is. There is a good deal of […]

Something You Do When You Practice That Is Always A Good Use Of Your Time

If you practice patience in one moment of anger, you will escape one hundred days of sorrow. -Chinese Proverb Serious, daily musical practice is something that is loaded with speculation and second-guessing. Lots of “should’ve, would’ve and could’ve”, as my father would say. Whenever I’m giving a practice coaching session to a musician, the topic […]

The Invisible Obstacles To Self Improvement

The things that don’t exist are the most difficult to get rid of. -F.M. Alexander, founder of the Alexander Technique Serious musicians are typically filled with very strong beliefs. Beliefs about their pedagogy, beliefs about their equipment, and beliefs about themselves. Part of my job as an Alexander Technique teacher is to gently and respectfully […]

Ask Yourself These Four Questions To Make Your Practice Time More Effective

One of the things that many highly accomplished musicians have in common is the ability to practice in an efficient and effective manner. This is a skill that is cultivated and improved upon over a lifetime. As a practice coach, my main aim is to connect my client’s desires with their actions. In other words: […]