3 Questions to Ask Yourself That Could Boost the Effectiveness of Your Next Practice Session

3 Questions to Ask Yourself That Could Boost the Effectiveness of Your Next Practice Session

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Many of the challenges we deal with on a daily basis - whether in the practice room, while teaching, at work, or in life in general, don’t have easy or obvious solutions. And sure, sometimes Google can help, but often, the answer is something we have to figure out for ourselves. I imagine we’ve all had moments of inspired genius, as well as times when we get stuck and no matter what we try, keep going around in circles. But have you ever…


Having Difficulty Motivating Yourself to Practice? Research Suggests That Copycatting a Friend Could Help.

Having Difficulty Motivating Yourself to Practice? Research Suggests That Copycatting a Friend Could Help.

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes I’d be willing to bet that there’s probably something in your life right now that you’re trying to change. Maybe you’ve resolved to spend more time working on scales and fundamentals this summer. Or perhaps you’re planning to do more metronome practice. Or exercise more regularly. Or eat more quinoa. Whatever it is, staying motivated and following through on the things that we’d like to do more (or less) of, can be a real challenge, no matter…


How to Talk to Yourself When You’re Having a Bad Practice Day (or Week)

How to Talk to Yourself When You’re Having a Bad Practice Day (or Week)

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes By now, you’ve surely noticed that toilet paper is a hot commodity. And you’ve probably noticed that stores aren’t quite as fully stocked with eggs as they once were. So I guess I wasn’t totally surprised when I read a little while back that some folks began stress-buying chickens (as in real live ones, to lay eggs - not chicken, rotisseried, nuggetted, or otherwise). Which reminded me of the handful of chickens my family had when I was…


Struggling with Practice Apathy? You Might Be Neglecting “Psychological Rest”

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes If Buzzfeed is any sort of approximation of the world at large, it would seem that a lot of folks are spending their quarantines trying to level up their cooking/baking game or DIY skills in some way or another.  Whether it’s making (and eating) boiled eggs, cutting a little cutout in the door for the cat, or grooming the dog, there are a lot of funny examples of people’s attempts to develop some new skills. Of course, there has also been an…


What Does Science Say About the Notion That We Don't Utilize Our Full Potential?

What Does Science Say About the Notion That We Don't Utilize Our Full Potential?

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes There’s a really sweet moment in Pooh’s Most Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin, where Christopher Robin and Pooh are chatting in a tree, and Christopher Robin is gently preparing Pooh for the day when he might not be the constant presence that Pooh has become accustomed to. As Pooh drifts off to sleep, Christopher Robin says "Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."…