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Performance Anxiety: The Inquisition

One of the most unsettling, but valuable, discoveries you will make on stage is that you will suddenly start asking yourself questions that you never asked, much less answered, during your study-practice sessions. For example: Which finger plays Eb in my right hand in the middle of the second phrase of Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints”? If you

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How to Study-Practice: Before You Begin, a Meditation

Let’s adjourn the series on How to Study-Practice with a meditation in gratitude, a virtue that should permeate each and every one our study-practice sessions… Close you eyes… Breathe deeply… Center yourself… … body, mind, and spirit. Graciously accept this precious gift: the freedom and opportunityto enjoy the wonderful world of music-making. Smile. Drop your shoulders. Slowly exhale.

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