Top 10 Posts of 2013

top 10 posts of 2014

With 2014 just around the corner, I thought today would be a good day to close out the year with a Top 10 list of the most-read posts of 2013.

From ways of structuring practice time to make more progress in less time to strategies for building confidence and reducing frustration in the practice room, hopefully you’ll find something you can use to make 2014 a productive year.

Without further ado, here’s the list…

Top 10 posts of 2013
10. The Most Valuable Lesson I Learned From Isaac Stern

9. How to Compare Yourself to Others Without Getting Totally Depressed

8. Build Greater

Do We Have to Suck All the Joy Out of Music in Order to Become Great?

no more joy in music?

When I started violin lessons as a kid, my mom began learning violin alongside me. Even as a 4-yr old kid, I could tell she wasn’t very good, but I still remember how much I enjoyed playing duets together.

I also remember how much fun the experience of playing with a pianist always was.

The Hidden Cost of Avoiding Failure

Whether it involved playing softball at recess, shoveling the driveway, or dealing with mosquitoes and diarrhea, “building character” was one of the recurring themes in the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes.

Character-building is not particularly fun, but was Calvin’s dad onto something?

Is there something about those painful, miserable experiences that makes us stronger?