Have you ever been frustrated by inconsistency from one day to the next? Or from one performance to the next? Ever wonder why it’s so difficult to play on stage, like you do in the practice room when nobody’s watching?

It’s easy to conclude that you just have to practice more (and sure, sometimes that doesn’t hurt!), or that you’ve reached the limits of your ability.

But more often than not, it has more to do with the need to make adjustments to how we practice – not how much.

Practicing for skill vs. practicing for performance

Research tells us that practicing effectively is a skill. And that performing up to one’s full abilities under pressure is also a skill – both of which are unique challenges, requiring different methods of preparation that go beyond what we usually do in our daily practice.

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