Does Mental Practice Work?

It is said that legendary pianists Rubinstein and Horowitz weren't always fond of practicing. Rubinstein simply didn’t like practicing for hours on end, while Horowitz supposedly feared that practicing on pianos other than his own would negatively affect his touch. Their solution? A healthy dose of mental practice. Though many of us may never be legends, mental practice is something that all musicians can absolutely benefit from, regardless of skill level. Have a concert coming up that you’re…


How to Become a More Confident Performer

How to Become a More Confident Performer

How confident a performer are you? Do you go into auditions or performances feeling certain that you are going to play your best - and do so from the very first note? Or do you grapple with doubt and anxiety (perhaps even days or weeks before), and have a tendency to begin your performance tentatively? If you’re like most musicians, you probably fall in the second category more often than you’d like. And not only is this an unpleasant feeling, but it is a poor strategy for on-stage success as…