The Problem with "Perfect" Practice

Mistakes aren't all bad. Don't be afraid to make them - just don't ignore them! (Why the haiku? TMQ) We know that practice doesn't make perfect. (And while we're on the subject, we might as well admit to ourselves that 100% flawlessness is impossible, and that most of us don’t have what it takes to be a true perfectionist anyhow.) So that leaves us with a phrase often used in place of the classic aphorism “Practice makes perfect” - namely, "Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice…


Cracked Notes? Squirrely Intonation? Solution May Be Ease-ier Than You Think

Minimal effort brings maximal performance. What a paradox! (Why the haiku? TMQ)   Musicians are often regarded as being a pretty hard-working lot - a reputation that I'd say is probably well-deserved. We often start at a very young age, spend lots of alone time practicing while others are out doing more enjoyable things, and are pretty good about putting in our hours on a consistent basis. Hmm...now that I think of it, how is it that we can practice every single day, without fail, for…


What Does It Take to Have a Thriving Career as a Musician?

What Does It Take to Have a Thriving Career as a Musician?

Recently, I was asked to write a guest post on a relatively new music site. As I did some browsing through the archives to learn more about the folks behind this venture, I found some noteworthy articles that I thought would be of interest to the readers of this blog. String-heavy emphasis, but still very relevant to all the non-string players out there, and all worth Instapaper-ing, if not Evernote-ing. I’ve never done a post like this, but thought it might be nice to tap into the collective…