Can’t Shut Off Your Brain and Get to Sleep? This 5-min Exercise Could Help.

When I was five, we got a little kitten that we named Lucky. Like most cats, Lucky spent much of…

Mark Kosower: On Slow Practice, Commitment, and the Kind of Focus That’s Associated With His Best Performances

You know how some people just make things look easy, and effortless? Like they never had to…

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A “Backwards” Strategy for Cultivating More Passion about Music You’re Not in Love With

Cellist Mstislav Rostropovich was once asked which of the pieces he programmed on a recital was his…

Should You Be Using a Metronome When You Do Mental Practice?

Should You Be Using a Metronome When You Do Mental Practice?

Pianist Leon Fleisher has said that between melody, harmony, and rhythm, rhythm is by far the most…

Why Worrying about Shaky Bow Just Makes Things Worse (and What You Could Focus on Instead)

Why Worrying about Shaky Bow Just Makes Things Worse (and What You Could Focus on Instead)

The summer after my sophomore year in college, I flew to Jerusalem to meet some old friends, with…

Jason Haaheim: On Practice, Talent, Motivation, and Playing the

Jason Haaheim: On Practice, Talent, Motivation, and Playing the “Long Game”

Am I talented enough? What if I’m not good enough? Did I wait too long to get serious? If you’ve…

How to Minimize Jet Lag and Perform Your Best When You Have to Cross Multiple Time Zones

How to Minimize Jet Lag and Perform Your Best When Crossing Multiple Time Zones

I’ve never loved flying, and turbulence freaks me out as much as the next person, but back when I…

Do Other People Really Learn As Quickly As It Seems Like They Do?

Do Other People Really Learn As Quickly As It Seems Like They Do?

How long should it take to learn a new concerto? Or memorize a Bach prelude? And how many hours…

2 Ways to Shrink the “intention-behavior Gap,” Improve Your Follow-through, and Get Things Done

2 Ways to Shrink the “Intention-Behavior Gap,” Improve Your Follow-through, and Get Things Done

I had big plans last weekend to cut my dog’s hair, clip his toenails, and give him a nice bath, so…