How the Things You Say to Yourself Could Be Sabotaging Your Confidence

How the Things You're Saying to Yourself Could Be Sabotaging Your Confidence

People say that you have to watch what you say and do around young kids, because kids don’t have a filter. Well, we learned that lesson when my son was in first grade, and we had just moved to the neighborhood. To provide a bit of context, my wife and I don’t generally keep any alcohol around the house, but my wife does have the occasional glass of wine when we go out. And she’s one of those folks who immediately turns red, so the kids know when she’s had a drink. One day, my son’s class was…


Does “just Breathe” Really Help Us Reduce Anxiety? Or Is It Just a Total Cliché?

Does “Just Breathe!” Really Help Us Lower Anxiety? Or Is It Totally Just a Cliché?

Audio version http://bpm-podcast.s3.amazonaws.com/bulletproofmusician.2017.12.10.mp3 For most, going to the eye doctor is an annual event. But having been diagnosed with glaucoma, I have to visit my ophthalmologist every few months, who puts me through a series of tests to ensure my eyes are healthy. One of them is the “tonometry” test, where she uses a device to push on my cornea and measure the pressure in my eyeball. I’ve gotten better at sitting calmly for this test over the years, but my…


Are We Really the Average of the Five People We Spend the Most Time With?

Are We Really the Average of the Five People We Spend the Most Time With?

Audio version http://bpm-podcast.s3.amazonaws.com/bulletproofmusician.2017.12.03.mp3 A few days ago, on my way back from an overseas trip, I had a 9-hour layover at an airport where the only place to plug in my laptop was the food court across from a McDonald’s. In the early hours of my layover, I felt pretty good about myself as I munched on a grilled chicken wrap instead of an Egg McMuffin. But as I continued to sit there through the day, surrounded by the mouth-watering smell of fries,…


A Method for Minimizing Skill “slippage” If You Have to Miss a Day or Two (or Week) of Practice

Have to Miss a Day or Two (or Week) of Practice? Here's a Way to Keep Your Skills from Slipping.

Audio version http://bpm-podcast.s3.amazonaws.com/bulletproofmusician.2017.11.26.mp3 Renowned pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski1 once said “Miss one day of practice, I notice; miss two, the critics notice; miss three, the audience notices.” Indeed, it does seem that keeping our playing at the highest level requires some daily maintenance. But what are we to do when we come down with some sort of bug and feel dizzy and nauseous every time we get out of bed? Or desperately need every spare minute we…


Reduce (Audition/School/Holiday) Burnout with This Simple 2-week Exercise

Reduce (Audition/School/Holiday) Burnout with This 2-Week Exercise

Audio version http://bpm-podcast.s3.amazonaws.com/bulletproofmusician.2017.11.19.mp3 Whether it’s the weight of papers and finals at the end of a really tough semester, a jam-packed schedule of gigs, students, and one-too-many Nutcrackers, the final stretch of months of intense audition preparation, or just the hustle and bustle and stress of the holidays on top of everything else, it’s the time of year when it’s easy to get a little frazzled and burned out. Where you may feel drained -…