A Visualization Hack to Get More Out of Your Mental Practice

From tennis great Billie Jean King to pianist Glenn Gould, imagery has long been a staple of…

A Mental Tweak to Shrink the Gap Between Your Best Playing and What Happens Under Pressure

A Mental Strategy to Shrink the Gap Between Your Best Playing and What Happens Under Pressure

For me, the days leading up to an audition or competition were often way more stressful and…

David Kim: On Letting Go and Being Yourself

David Kim: On Letting Go and Being Yourself

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like the only way to get ahead in the world is…

A Scientific(ish) Rationale for Keeping Photos of Friends and Family in Your Case

Nobody enjoys spam or junk mail, but there’s something particularly aggravating about the dreaded…

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Get Into “The Zone” More Frequently with This Subtle Mental Adjustment

Everything else goes away. It almost happens in slow motion, even though you’re doing things at the…

A Comparison of Two Types of Anti-Choking Strategies

A Comparison of Two Types of Anti-Choking Strategies

A few years ago, we took a look at a simple technique to prevent choking, that was actually so…

Lori Schiff: On How Alexander Technique Can Enhance Learning and Performance Under Pressure

Alexander Technique has been around for over a century, and is taught in many music schools around…

How Perfect Does Your Intonation Have to Be?

How Perfect Does Your Intonation Have to Be?

Whether you sing, play the cello, oboe, or bagpipes, you’ve probably had one of those days (or…

Does Focusing on Musical Expressiveness in Performance Come at the Expense of Technical Precision?

Does Focusing on Musical Expressiveness in Performance Come at the Expense of Technical Precision?

It’s been said that “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”2 Indeed, there are few (if…