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)

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes The summer after my sophomore year in college, I flew to Jerusalem to meet some old friends, with whom I’d be participating in a chamber music bootcamp of sorts. An intense couple weeks of daily master classes with musicians like Isaac Stern - and many others whom I never imagined I’d ever have the opportunity to meet. Naturally, I wanted to make a good impression. But I was pretty intimidated by their presence, and the level of the other…


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 ever struggled with questions like this, you’re definitely not alone. I think everyone finds themself up at night wrestling with these at some point or another. Usually after one of those weeks (or months) where you’ve tried every trick in the book, and it still feels like you’re never going to get off the plateau and make it to quarter note=88. Of course, these questions are like…


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

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes I’ve never loved flying, and turbulence freaks me out as much as the next person, but back when I had to travel with my violin, the most stressful part of flying was the boarding process. Nowadays I just wander on board whenever it's time, but with my violin, it meant scurrying on board quickly to get my violin into the overhead bin before everyone else put their suitcases in. And then sitting there wishing I could turn invisible, while people…


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?

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes How long should it take to learn a new concerto? Or memorize a Bach prelude? And how many hours should you spend preparing for a first orchestra rehearsal? It used to be pretty difficult to get answers to questions like these. But, now that we have the internet, we know that the answers are a) 3 days, b) less than an hour, and c) yes. But in all seriousness, even with the internet at our fingertips, we still look to our peers to get a sense of…


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

Subscribe to the weekly "audio edition" via iTunes I had big plans last weekend to cut my dog’s hair, clip his toenails, and give him a nice bath, so he’d be nice and clean and not so scruffy-looking. As you’ve probably already suspected, none of this happened, and our little hairball remains pretty scruffy and little bit stinky. And a smelly dog is certainly not the end of the world, but often, there are bigger, more meaningful goals in our lives that never come to fruition, despite our best…