Having Difficulty Moving Past a Particularly Distressing Audition or Performance? “Just Think Positive” May Not Be the Best Strategy...

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes Maybe it was an embarrassing memory slip. Or one of those runaway train moments, where you knew you were rushing, but just couldn’t stop. Or perhaps it was a super quiet and exposed moment, where your bow started shaking, and doing some crazy involuntary richochet type of thing. I think we’ve all had certain performances or auditions that we wish we could take back. Where things went so badly, and we were so embarrassed or felt so ashamed,…


Does the “Memory Palace” Strategy Really Work? And Is It Something Musicians Could Use?

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes During my early music studies, when I was working through the Suzuki books and starting to learn longer pieces that I’d have to perform from memory, my mom established a memorization process. Even before all of the notes were in my fingers, she would divide the piece up into meaningful sections, and then she’d use colored pencils to shade in each section with a different color. Then, she’d ask me to create a story or scene for each section.…


Evidence That Most of Us Are Terrible at Knowing When to End Conversations

Evidence That Most of Us Are Terrible at Knowing When to End Conversations

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes While reading up on Zoom fatigue for last week’s article, I came across a number of articles that provided tips on how to extract oneself from a video call that has gone on longer than you’d like. Some were more funny than practical - like the “Passive Aggressive” and “Irish Goodbye” in 8 Non-Awkward Ways to Leave a Zoom Hangout. And likewise, the Zoom Escaper webapp which helps you fake a bad connection, or a baby crying, dog barking, etc. as…


“Zoom Fatigue” - Why It Happens, and a Couple Things You Can Do About It

“Zoom Fatigue” - Why It Happens, and a Couple Things You Can Do About It

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes When schools, classes, private lessons, and meetings for work all went online just about a year ago, whether it was Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, or some other platform, I think "Zoom anxiety" was perhaps our first reaction to the changes we had to adjust to. Because laggy connections, getting our camera and audio to work, trying to figure out how to use a second camera for lessons, fiddling around with advanced settings to make music sound a little…


A Simple Writing Exercise That Could Help You Perform More Confidently

Subscribe to the weekly “audio edition” via iTunes There are lots and lots of stories on the internet (and in books too, of course) about athletes’ use of visualization when preparing for competition. Where they imagine every detail of an upcoming race, or see themselves scoring goals, or overcoming adversity to win a gold medal. Typically, this visualization is all future-focused. Where they imagine performing well in upcoming events that haven’t yet happened. But I’ve also heard…