what does it mean if we have a bad dream about an upcoming performance

What Does It Mean When We Have a Bad Dream about an Upcoming Performance?

You know that dream? The one where you wake up late and miss your audition? Or get there and realize you've prepared all the wrong excerpts? Or arrive only to discover that your instrument case is empty (which actually happened to me once at a master class - in real life)? What does it all mean? Should we be worried? Especially if we have one of those dreams the night before a big performance? Or could it possibly be a good sign?


do you need a pre-warmup routine?

Do You Need a Pre-Warmup Ritual?

It was the last week of the school year, and all of us parents were invited to attend a play that the entire 2nd grade class had been working on all semester. So, an auditorium full of busy parents were gathered together at 9am, chatting amongst themselves, checking their cell phones, and antsy to get off to meetings, classes, and morning yoga sessions. The director welcomed us, explained what our children have been up to for the last few months, and then it was time for the production to…


Five Best Tuner Apps

Intonation is a tricky thing, and sometimes a matter of great debate. But out of tune is out of tune, and a tuner app can come in handy when we need to make sure our ears are not playing tricks on us. But with a wide variety of apps to choose from, which is best? Earlier this week I asked which tuner apps you found most helpful, and you nominated 23 of your favorites. Based on your feedback, here are your top five:


Best Tuner App? (nominations)

I still remember my first tuner. The Seiko Tolv ST-369 - a gigantic brick of a device which probably has the equivalent mass of about 10 iPhones stacked together. Aside from using it to generate an A to tune my violin to, and for the occasional round of the scintillating "Name That A" game (i.e. is that a 440? a 442? a 441?), I have to admit that I didn't use it for much else. My laziness aside, intonation is the bane of many a musician's existence, and I think most agree on its importance -…


cranky, tired, and not in the mood to practice?

Cranky, Tired, and Not in the Mood to Practice?

Have you ever timed how long it takes to go to the bathroom? Just FYI, it takes at least 2 minutes to take a leak, assuming close proximity of the restroom and that you wash and dry your hands. Two minutes may not sound like much, but it can seem like an eternity if you're in the middle of an intense practice session, rehearsal, or even if you're trying to cram a ton of errands and chores into an afternoon. We've all been told how important it is to stay properly hydrated, and have read those…