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 Your Brain Works: One Brain, Two Sides

Anatomically, your brain is made of two distinct hemispheres: left and right. The science of brain lateralization (the distribution of brain functions between the left and right hemispheres) is a fascinating and complex subject, but for our purposes, we are interested only in the practical implications for learning and studying. That said, the following comparison is intended

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