4 Signs You May Be Practicing Too Hard

4 Signs You May Be Practicing Too Hard

I was talking to a cellist the other day who complained of a history of feeling apathetic in the days before an audition. Specifically, he noticed becoming crankier, less motivated, and struggling to play well. I know sometimes musicians try to convince themselves they don't want to win the audition in an attempt to reduce their nervousness, but this was different. It reminded me of a phenomenon in sports called overtraining or staleness syndrome. This occurs most commonly in sports like…


Why Do Our Buts Carry So Much Weight?

Why Do Our Buts Carry So Much Weight?

I happened to hear a talk this week by a gentleman who is presently in charge of one of the premier performing arts institutions in the world. His words and vision for the future of both this organization and the classical music industry were inspiring on many levels, but what resonated with me most were the stories of his own unexpected journey to such an esteemed position. A place which, if I understood correctly, he had never even thought to consider as a possible destination. How did he get…


Hard Work is Overrated (Why You Might Be Working Too Hard)

Hard Work is Overrated (Why You Might Be Working Too Hard)

Lazy can be good Strive for max efficiency Not so easy, eh? (Why the haiku? TMQ)   There seems to be this widespread notion that hard work is commendable and worthy of praise, while laziness is at the root of society's problems. Kids underachieving in school? Well, kids nowadays don't have any work ethic. Childhood obesity? Get those lazy farts on a treadmill. Bad customer service? Fire those good for nothing slackers. Not fulfilling our potential? Tired of being a big fat failure and…