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Make Faster, Easier Progress by Targeting the Few Things That Really Make a Difference

Work Less. Improve Faster.

If you don't put yourself in performance situations often enough, then don't be surprised when your performances aren't up to the level of your practice

The old days of measuring your worth as a musician by the number of hours you spend in the practice room are O.V.E.R.

I couldn’t hate that approach more.

If more practice was the answer, we'd have a lot more incredible musicians in the world...

There are no magic shortcuts. But things are so much easier when you work smart – not hard.

Most musicians make several small “mistakes” every time they practice. These seem insignificant, but they mean most of your effort doesn’t actually help you improve – it just leaks away.

Investing a bit of time into plugging those leaks gives you much faster progress without extra work.

This is the path to those golden moments where everything "clicks" and the music becomes pure joy.

About a decade ago, I hadn’t worked this out yet.

My biggest fear?

That I was never going to get significantly better. That I’d keep putting in loads of effort for no reward.

Loads of musicians tell me they feel the same way.

But it doesn’t have to be like this.

I spent years drilling down into the science of HOW we learn. And a vastly different picture started to take shape…

ANYONE has the ability to improve significantly if they practice in the right way. And I’ve discovered that it all boils down to a few simple, practical steps.

But I never hear musicians talking about this.

Everyone assumes that you just “should” know how to practice.

So they don’t want to admit they’re not sure. And they’re too embarrassed to ask for help.

One of my greatest joys is persuading musicians to spend a bit of time focusing on improving the quality of their practice. Because the results are usually immediate and transformational.

And it doesn’t even take long.

We can get through all the key changes in just a couple of weeks. And they often make more progress in that short period than in months, or even years, beforehand.

What’s more, they get to keep that rate of improvement in the future too.

The end result is that they make more progress from less practice time. Those results stick in the long-term so practising and performing music starts to feel easy. They’re free to express themselves creatively because the music comes out exactly how it sounds in their head – without being held back by technical limitations.

The results are so obvious that other musicians or their teachers can’t help but sit up and take notice.

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Mark is an incredible educator

Mark is an incredible educator, and combining his background in analytics and his interest in performance psychology, delivers some incredible tips and tricks for your progress.

BRENT VAARTSTRA  //  Creator of LearnJazzStandards.com

Play Your Best Every Time. Without Nerves.

Onstage in a pressure music performance situation

So many musicians sound great in the practice room. But that all changes when the time comes to perform…

The performance they end up giving is only a shadow of what they’re really capable of.

Worse... this shortfall is often accompanied by a host of uncomfortable feelings as nerves kick in too.

Shaky hands… Churning stomach… Thoughts racing… And more.

This leads to a downward spiral of unpleasant emotions. Disappointment and disbelief that you messed up so badly. Embarrassment about your mistakes. Guilt for letting your bandmates down.

I know the feelings. That used to describe me exactly.

And, for decades, I accepted the common “wisdom” that this is just how it is. You’re either a natural performer or you’re not. And that’s fixed.

So when I discovered that it’s possible to train systematically to improve in these areas, I was…


First, that I hadn’t found about this earlier. I could have saved myself years of frustration and agony.

But second, and more importantly… angry that more musicians aren’t aware that a solution exists. And that it’s available to anyone who’s willing to put in a small amount of work.

The results were transformative for me, and for the thousands of students I’ve helped since.

  • They consistently sound great whenever they play or perform music. The music flows out exactly how they imagine it in their head
  • They perform to their full potential with confidence and freedom
  • They've beaten nerves and feel free to express themselves fully when playing music
  • They have the respect of musicians they admire

My mission is to help thousands more musicians experience breakthroughs like this. To reach levels they didn’t know they were capable of while truly enjoying their music along the way.

All of this becomes possible for those who give as much attention to developing their inner game as to physical technique.

And this is effective at ANY skill level. In many cases, it actually has a bigger impact for musicians who are less experienced.

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Performance has gone from scary to exciting

I’d been performing for twenty years but suffered from nerves and never really performed at my best on stage. Yet I’m now probably double the performer I once was.

I’m much more confident on stage and I know how to deal with my nerves. Even better than that, I can now pull out far better performances under pressure than I would in my practice room. Performance has gone from being something scary to something exciting!

Mark was there every step of the way to talk things through with. His humble approach made it a comforting experience.

Serious game-changer for performers, aspiring or professional. Thanks Mark!

BRYONY RICKARD  //  Singer-saxophonist - UK

Teaching That Gets Real Results

Jazz band gig

We live in a world of immense possibility.

The internet gives you access to more information on how to improve as a musician than ever before in human history.

But, as Derek Sivers said: “If more information was the answer, then we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs”

(And that’s BEFORE we’ve even stopped to consider how you find the “good” information among all the rubbish…)

It would be easy for me to create teaching materials that are nothing more than good information.

Who could complain about that?

It’s what pretty much everyone else does, after all.

But I believe that would be letting you down in a BIG way.

Good quality information isn’t enough. What matters is that people get great results. And in the shortest time possible.

I don’t measure success by whether I can help a FEW people make massive progress. Or by what’s potentially possible for someone who understood and implemented all the information I gave them.

I measure it by what the majority of people *actually* achieve.

This means that I put a lot of care into what I teach. And *how* I teach it.

Overwhelm from too much information is very real. And there’s no better way to bring your progress to a crashing halt than by trying to do *everything*.

So I focus on teaching the few key things that make the biggest differences.

It makes better use of your time. And it brings clarity – a way to reduce the infinite number of possibilities to a manageable level .

I keep lessons as short as possible.

I focus on giving you practical actions to take. And making sure you actually take them.

And I build integrated systems.

All of my courses are carefully designed so that the lessons fit together, and each action step builds on the last one (rather than presenting you with a disjointed “mess” of information).

All this means that people get great results from my teaching in as little time as possible.

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I love the advice in Mark's lessons

I love the advice and practical attitude in Mark's lessons. These lessons gave me a new attitude, peace and much help to my practicing. I did not think that miracles happen in two weeks, but I still got much more than I expected. Perhaps that is a little miracle. Thank you, Mark!

ANN PALONEN  //  Bassoonist - Finland

Mark Morley-Fletcher – Creator of Play In The Zone

Picture of Mark Morley-Fletcher, creator of Play In The Zone

Hi, I’m Mark Morley-Fletcher – a jazz guitarist and educator who specializes in training the frequently overlooked skills and mindsets that are a huge part of rapid improvement and outstanding performances.

I’m particularly interested in how musicians can benefit from techniques used by peak performers in sport and other fields to perform more consistently and enjoyably. And I’ve helped over a thousand musicians at all levels and across all instruments reach new heights through my courses on Performance Psychology and Effective Practice.

I draw on my years of practising, performing and teaching music. But also on my PhD in Theoretical Physics and my previous experience as a senior analyst for the UK government where I specialised in looking at the big picture and identifying what really mattered. This allowed me to find small and simple things that had huge impacts.

I was trusted to help senior politicians spend billions of pounds of public money effectively. And to deliver the real-world results they’d staked their careers on when they campaigned for election.

When I’m not helping musicians tackle nerves and play to their full potential, you’ll probably find me on the tennis court honing my ability to raise my game under pressure, or out exploring the beautiful Scottish countryside. You can read more of my thoughts on life in general on my personal website.

Photo of Charles Benoit - saxophonist and Practice Multiplier student

I've asked every member of my band to sign up

Again and again, I found myself saying, "Of course! It's so obvious!" but obviously it wasn't. And that's usually a sign that you've just learned something fundamental, valuable and true. I've been so inspired that I've asked every member of my band to sign up as well.

CHARLES BENOIT  //  Saxophonist - USA

How To Play With the Confidence of the Top Musicians

A Roadmap to Musical Success That Doesn’t Require Natural “Talent” or Endless Hours of Practice

In this ebook you will learn:

  • The 9 key mindsets that the top musicians all share – regardless of instrument or genre
  • How they hold the secret to playing your best every time, and why you can't get this sort of improvement through "normal" practice
  • The one thing most musicians are unaware of that's probably restricting your current performances
  • How to make a huge leap forward with your music (without working on technique at all)
  • How to apply the mindsets to your own music - and then measure your progress using a simple checklist