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…

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…