A Method for Minimizing Skill “slippage” If You Have to Miss a Day or Two (or Week) of Practice

Have to Miss a Day or Two (or Week) of Practice? Here's a Way to Keep Your Skills from Slipping.

Audio version Renowned pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski1 once said “Miss one day of practice, I notice; miss two, the critics notice; miss three, the audience notices.” Indeed, it does seem that keeping our playing at the highest level requires some daily maintenance. But what are we to do when we come down with some sort of bug and feel dizzy and nauseous every time we get out of bed? Or desperately need every spare minute we can find to finish term papers…


Reduce (Audition/School/Holiday) Burnout with This Simple 2-week Exercise

Reduce (Audition/School/Holiday) Burnout with This 2-Week Exercise

Audio version Whether it’s the weight of papers and finals at the end of a really tough semester, a jam-packed schedule of gigs, students, and one-too-many Nutcrackers, the final stretch of months of intense audition preparation, or just the hustle and bustle and stress of the holidays on top of everything else, it’s the time of year when it’s easy to get a little frazzled and burned out. Where you may feel drained - physically and emotionally. And maybe a…


Difficulty Staying Optimistic Before a Big Audition? Try Using a “Positivity Cheat Sheet”

Difficulty Staying Optimistic Before a Big Audition? Try Using a “Positivity Cheat Sheet”

Audio version It’s the day before an audition, and as you take a few minutes to review some tricky sections, suddenly you get a twinge of anxiety and start stressing and freaking out about how awful everything sounds. How unprepared you feel. And how horribly you’re afraid things are going to go. It’s at those exact moments when you know the right thing to do is “think positive.” But these are also the exact moments when it’s hardest to think good……


A Backwards Strategy to Increase the Likelihood of Achieving Your Big Goals

A Backwards Strategy to Increase the Likelihood of Achieving Your Big Goals

There’s a peculiar saying that I often stumble across on the internet. About how to eat an elephant (the answer: one bite at a time - though does anybody actually eat elephants?). The point of the saying is that we can more effectively manage big, huge, gnarly, complex projects and avoid getting overwhelmed or paralyzed if we divide the task into little tiny pieces. Like preparing for an international competition. Or two orchestra auditions with different lists within two weeks of each other.…