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How to Learn Anything

Learning a skill does not have to be so complicated. It’s true that some might be harder to learn than others. If you want to learn to fly a plane, or do brain surgery, or install power lines, yeah, you might need careful supervision. But learning to play a musical instrument? It’s not that hard. […]

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Is Music Practice a Waste of Time?

If you don’t have professional aspirations (or whatever the “right” aspirations are), you might wonder: Is this worth my time? You may have lots of feelings. Guilt for being self-indulgent, frustration from making little progress, etc. Those concerns are not stupid, and you should not ignore them. Rather, you should acknowledge them. They are telling […]

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There’s no such thing as a bad habit

“I don’t want to make a mistake because then I’ll learn it wrong and I’ll never be able to fix it.” This is just an excuse. Let yourself learn it wrong. If you’re not open to learning it wrong, you’re probably not open to learning it right, either. There’s no such thing as a bad […]

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Self-Esteem For Musicians

You hope you don’t make any mistakes. Why? What’s so bad about making a mistake? What will happen if you totally mess it all up?You will feel like a failure, right? But, what’s so bad about feeling like a failure? Where did you learn that being a failure was a bad thing? What would performing […]

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Does it have to be this way?

Does performing create unbearable pressure for you? Or, does it create almost unbearable pressure? The kind where you’re forcing yourself to bear it? Maybe you think it has to be this way. It’s just how the classical music world is built. We all want to do a good job. Maybe you think it will never […]

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