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The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart

But if we take a light, friendly attitude toward our thoughts and just let them come and go as they habitually do, we can maintain a sense of command and confidence. One message it gave me is to remember to enjoy.

I think everything she talks about will be useful for musicians of different instruments and of different levels. Oct 31, Shimin Li rated it liked it Shelves: Hopefully, not a Nazi. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. The Mmadeline of Practicing: Meditation cultivates brusr physical ease, mental focus, and emotional range that musicians need for both practicing and performing. Similarly, musical phrases strike the ear in groups of two, three, and four notes divide-n-conquer: Chocolate, beer, pan-fried greens: Are there songs that bring that back?

Years later, after I had been in her position many times and had extended myself to others who looked shy and uncomfortable, I realized how magnetic my vulnerability must have been to her.


The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart by Madeline Bruser

East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. They are ways in which we miss the mark with our actions, words, and thoughts: No trivia or quizzes yet. Her book, published inpresents an approach to practicing that combines traditional conservatory training with mindfulness techniques to help musicians release tension and unleash their full potential.

Jun 15, Michael Anderson brkser it really liked it. This contracting and grasping is tense and uncomfortable. I liked how she said instead of pretending t Certain aspect of this book were really helpful, others, not so much. At any moment we might lose something that brings us happiness, and ultimately, when mqdeline die, we must say goodbye to the entire world. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Feb 02, Cheryl rated it liked it.

Kind of a Buddhist approach to practicing. Place your attention on the sensations of touch and movement. This is step five: Oct 22, Kayleigh rated it it was amazing Shelves: I bought this book when I was looking for directions on how to avoid RSI, after a week of struggling with pain on my right arm.

Organize notes into groups, phrases and textures. We practice noticing the details of our sensory experience, letting the gruser of sound, bryser, and movement saturate the body and mind from moment to moment.

When our subtle musical impulses and rhythms meld with those of another performer, we experience an intimacy akin to lovemaking. Being gentle does not mean that madekine play only soft, lyrical music. I have been meditating for several years now and could very much relate to the philosophy and practice she ascribes to in life and in music.


As an adult learner, this was brhser first foray into reading about how to be a better pianist. Jun 25, Yennie rated it really liked it. The three psychological styles are 1 overstated passion, in which we cling to the music; 2 avoidance, in which we resist dealing with the music; and 3 aggression, in which we attack the music.

Play one note or a few notes. Shambhala New York City. Want to Read saving…. Her idea is to do the opposite as you practice. Impulsiveness comes from habit: She has performed as soloist with the San Francisco and Denver Symphony Orchestras and has taught workshops at the Juilliard School and other conservatories throughout the U.

Usually we are told to “focus,” or “concentrate” and ignore anything that might distract us.

Apr 11, Tony rated it liked it. Remember this the next time you find yourself perching uncertainly on the edge of the unknown. Eventually I tried out a slightly more plausible explanation. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.