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Thoughts on Pre-Performance Rituals

Dec
18

Whether it’s eating a banana or doing a little dance, pre-performance rituals give us something familiar and comforting to do before stepping out onto a stage. Besides setting up your instrument and making sure your shirt is tucked in, a pre-performance ritual serves to give us some comfort that whatever will happen will be okay. While there are many benefits to having a pre-performance ritual such as helping one to achieve a positive mental state and quiet jittery nerves, there are some instances where it could negatively affect your overall performance.

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How to Practice

Dec
11

So, here you are in a practice room with your instrument. It could be a cello, a trombone, a piano, but whatever it is, there’s one thing every musician needs to do: practice, and practice well. How can you make the most of your time with your instrument and what should you be mindful of while playing in order to take care of yourself both mentally and physically? This article attempts to lay out some guidelines for practicing productively, including setting realistic short and long term goals, practicing mindfully, taking care of your body, and having fun while playing.

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