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This is Not a Test
This is Not a Test

Despite all I'm saying on working to make your performance great, this is not a test. This is the reason you got into music. Music is a performing art, so enjoy this and every performance. Yes, a part of your brain is dedicated to monitoring what you're doing, how you sing ...

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Blog posts in February, 2011

  • Imprinting the Song

    As you're learning your pieces, take time to soak them up correctly and thoroughly. Like a new-born duck, you are imprinting the song on your brain ...

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  • Aural and Visual

    Next, for any live performance, consider this. When you perform live you are communicating in 2 media, aural AND guess what - visual. You're all ...

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  • Adjust Your Practicing Techniques

    So a normal practice session is 60/40 technique-theory to songs. But as we approach a single performance we will adjust our practicing schedule. NOTE: ...

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  • 60 Percent

    Now spend 60 percent of your time on the song isolating those mistakes and trying to perfect them one measure at a time. Some songs are so difficult ...

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  • 60 Seconds

    To wrap up discussion of normal practicing, when working on your songs, in the practice section (60%) you are trying to work on about as much of a ...

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  • 60-40

    Alright, now that you're coming closer to the date of your performance and you're thinking about consolidating your gains, it's a good time to mention ...

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  • Internalize the Piece

    Cutting off the forward growth allows you to internalize the piece (as directed towards a single performance), making it a part of you. It's like you ...

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  • Subjectively, not Objectively

    For your performance to be perceived as great, you have to be performing the top 30% of your abilities, but solidly within that ability. That's really ...

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  • Ice Week

    Well, we're back from Ice Week here in Dallas. Probably the next important thing in preparing for a single performance is deciding when you are going ...

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