Top 10 Posts of 2013

With 2014 just around the corner, I thought today would be a good day to close out the year with a Top 10 list of the most-read posts of 2013.

From ways of structuring practice time to make more progress in less time to strategies for building confidence and reducing frustration in the practice room, hopefully you’ll find something you can use to make 2014 a productive year.

Without further ado, here’s the list…

Top 10 posts of 2013

10. The Most Valuable Lesson I Learned From Isaac Stern

9. How to Compare Yourself to Others Without Getting Totally Depressed

8. Build Greater Confidence by Approaching Practice Like a Surgeon

7. Make Practicing Less Frustrating With the 5 Whys Technique

6. Why the Wrong Kind of Praise Can Undermine Our Students’ Confidence

5. David Kim: On Letting Go and Being Yourself

4. Perform Better Under Pressure by Tweaking This One Belief

3. Two Things Experts Do Differently Than Non-Experts When Practicing

2. The Importance of Writing Notes in Your Music

1. Why the Progress You Make in the Practice Room Seems to Disappear Overnight

Take action

Tempted to take something from one of these posts and make it into a New Year’s resolution?

Consider taking a break from New Year’s resolutions this year, and adopting a new habit instead. You might find it easier, more interesting (even fun?), and likelier to stick.

Best wishes in 2014!

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