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…

Jay Larranaga: On Becoming the Best Version of Yourself That You Can Be

Jay Larranaga: On Becoming the Best Version of Yourself That You Can Be

As a kid, watching TV was more of an occasional treat than a daily staple. Where my mom would…

Why an “Improvisational Mindset” Could Be Vital to Reducing Performance Anxiety and Increasing Audience Engagement

Learning a concerto (or a Bach Partita, Paganini Caprice, etc.) takes many hours of diligent,…

How a Post-Practice Workout Could Help Boost Learning and Retention

Maybe it’s just my perception (or Facebook/Google’s algorithms), but I’ve been noticing a lot of…

Do Classical Musicians Get More Nervous Than Non-Classical Musicians? (And If so, Why?)

Do Classical Musicians Get More Nervous Than Non-Classical Musicians? (And If so, Why?)

A few years ago, I reconnected with a childhood Suzuki friend, who spent most of his formative…

8 Strategies Musicians Use in Developing Their Own Interpretation of a Piece

8 Strategies Musicians Use to Create Their Own Unique Interpretation of a Piece

From Dont to Yost to the legendary Korguof exercises that Mr. Vamos used to write out by hand every…

Nathan Cole & Akiko Tarumoto: On Practice, Lifelong Learning, and Balancing Life With Work and Audition Preparation

Nathan Cole & Akiko Tarumoto: On Practicing, and Balancing Life With Work and Audition Preparation

Perhaps you’ve seen the practice chart that made the rounds some years ago, titled “Should You Be…

Have Difficulty Staying Awake During Mental Practice? Try

Have Difficulty Staying Awake During Mental Practice? Try “Dynamic” Mental Imagery Instead!

Whether you’re recovering from an injury, trying to do some last-minute cramming before a lesson,…

The Correct Way to Sit in a Chair (and How This Could Help Your Performance in More Ways Than You’d Think)

The Correct Way to Sit in a Chair (and How This Could Help Your Performance in More Ways Than You’d Think)

I remember when my dad bought our first VHS camcorder, back in the early-to-mid 1980’s. Unlike…