Close your eyes. Take a breath and feel the world around you. In a dimly lit auditorium full of strangers and family, you sit in the warmest and brightest place. Seats creak, and someone coughs, but otherwise all is still. The air on the stage is warm. It smells of rosin, cork grease, and floor … Continue reading Find the Magic
According to a 2016 study, 74% of Americans suffer from speech anxiety. Now think about this, public speaking is typically done in the speaker's native tongue, and that's a language and mechanism they've used every day since before they could walk. Compare this to musicians. Some start playing at the age of four, but most … Continue reading How to Deal with a “Bad” Performance
Practicing hours a day can be tedious. And disengaged practice isn't helpful. Thus, serious musicians all have little tricks to help them stay engaged for so much time. I cannot stress enough how important it is to take breaks when your concentration fades. Breaks can be as simple as standing up and taking a sip … Continue reading Deliberate Practice
Stage lights possess magical qualities. Under their glare, performers sweat and burn while pretending not to. They to act like they’re the best at the talent they represent, whether it be acting, dancing, or music-ing. The tricky part of dealing with stage lights is that they always reveal the truth. In a small city’s largest … Continue reading Truth Under the Stage Lights
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO3_mblaIlY This song will forever remain one of my favorite pieces to play and listen to. In this recording, Horowitz beautifully captures the lightness and wit that Mozart is known for. In fact, this piece itself is a bit of a musical joke. A Rondo is a form that repeats a theme, in this piece, … Continue reading Song of the Day: Mozart Rondo, K.485
You feel the exhaustion dripping from your eyes to create the dark circles underneath them. A new ring appears each morning, but you must press on. You have a goal: get your practice time in. There's never enough time. You always have more pieces to perfect, and your fingers won't do what they're told. They're … Continue reading Take Care
Music. It hovers around us every day. Some say that it is a fundamental part of being. At its base, music is a collection of sounds in the air. (Some old-fashioners would say "organized sounds," but we have John Cage to thank for a more inclusive definition.) Once the air molecules cease to vibrate, the … Continue reading A Little Bit of Math and Magic
This is the first post on a shiny new blog! It is my goal to post something, anything at least once a week, probably on Fridays. This blog is mostly to keep me accountable regarding my practicing and also share the many thoughts that plague this writer and musician's brain. I'll try to keep it … Continue reading Hello There!