Charismatic, inspiring performers - what’s their secret?

Charismatic, Inspiring Performers - What’s Their Secret?

Dancers elicit emotions through movement. Writers do the same through their use of words. As musicians, we speak to our audiences through sound. Where though artful manipulation of melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics, articulation, and more, we can elicit an emotional experience in our listeners that they may not otherwise encounter on an average day. But in spending so much time and attention on honing our skill in shaping and crafting the sounds we use to communicate, it can be easy to forget…


"Thinking of Your Performance As a Gift": Does This Really Work?

Ever notice how your brain can sometimes be your greatest asset, but at other times, a total liability? Like how it tends to approach performances as if they are life-or-death tests of our worthiness as human beings, even though this is pretty much a guaranteed recipe for misery before, during, and after? That's obviously way more pressure than anyone needs, so searching for a more reassuring, performance-enhancing way to view performances (i.e. “reframing”) is something that many musicians…


Learning Something New? Try This Mental Practice Tweak That Could Accelerate the Learning Process.

Learning Something New? Try This Mental Practice Tweak That Could Accelerate the Learning Process.

There are many stories of athletes who visualize themselves practicing before going to bed, whether it be a baseball player engaging in a little batting practice or a diver rehearsing their dives. But you’ll often hear discrepancies among their accounts of how and what they visualized. Some describe going over the same skill repeatedly to work out some kinks, while others describe imagining a perfect performance, or playing out a realistic match complete with the inevitable ups and downs. I…


The Whack-a-Mole Phenomenon - and the Most Effective Way to Learn a New Skill?

The Whack-a-Mole Phenomenon - and a More Effective Way to Learn New Skills

I remember the first time my kids went to Dave & Buster’s, and how their eyes lit up when they saw all the games, flashing lights, and wall of prizes. For one reason or another, my daughter gravitated towards the whack-a-mole game. She could barely lift the mallet, but laughed maniacally as we worked together to pound the moles back into their holes. Although...and I realize it’s just a game, but I found it a bit aggravating that the little buggers wouldn’t stay down… Anyhow, my…