Build Musical Confidence (Without Denying Weaknesses)

Thinking positive in the right way for musical progress

Have you ever watched the interviews after a big sporting event?

You never hear the losers talking themselves down. Instead, they focus on “taking the positives”.

Then you’ll see interviews with the great musicians.

Most of them avoid saying that they’re anything special. They still talk about having masses to learn – even if they’re heading into their 70s after a lifetime of amazing work.

These two seemingly opposite approaches actually fit together perfectly. Let’s find out how you can get the best of both worlds…

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How to pick the ideal topics for your music practice routine

Perfect music practice routine

Have you ever looked back after a gig and realize that you’d shot yourself in the foot, because you got the balance wrong in the practice room beforehand?

You’d focused so hard on one or two specific areas that you totally neglected other aspects that were really vital.

And it was a bit of a shock when the performance came around and those unexpected problems were revealed.

It doesn’t have to be like that ever again, though. There is a way to make sure your practice is constantly adapting to keep you focused on the most important topics.

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How to get more from your music practice

Music practice quality comes from focus

Have you ever had that nagging feeling that you’re not getting everything you could out of your practice time?

There’s such an overwhelming quantity of material that you need to practice that you end up rushing to get through everything.

And you don’t do the best job on any of it.

It’s so easy to give into that temptation to cram more in – even if it means that quality and depth suffer as a result.

But you know that quality is important, right?

And it turns out that there are some simple and practical things you can do to increase the quality of your practice sessions.

Whatever you happen to be working on.

Every time you go to practice.

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Why recording yourself makes practice MUCH more effective

Record yourself

Did you know that there’s one simple tool which can massively speed up your musical progress?

But, although it’s easily available to everyone, most musicians simply don’t make use of it.

We’re talking about recording yourself, of course. Watch the video (or read on) to discover the many different ways you can use it to improve your playing.

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9 Performance Anxiety Tips That Every Musician Should Know

Banish music performance anxiety

It feels horrible to struggle with performance anxiety.

It can suck all the joy out of playing music.

The usual advice is that more practice will solve everything. But you’ve probably discovered that doesn’t always work.

Know that performance anxiety is common and perfectly normal. And that there are techniques which will improve things for you.

Here are 9 quick and simple tips that you can use straight away.

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Why you need clear musical goals

Clear goals drive your musical progress

“You know the difference between the musicians who made it big and those who didn’t?”

Top jazz guitarist, Mike Moreno, was talking at an exclusive masterclass a few years back.

Lights from a crowd of effects pedals danced on Mike’s face as he paused for a moment.

There was a shuffling sound as, all around the semi-circle of chairs, people leaned forward expectantly. He continued:

“It’s not what you’d expect…”

I witnessed some incredible playing at that masterclass. I got great advice on a range of topics.

But the most important thing I learned came from the 12 words that Mike said next.

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Can Too Much Positive Thinking Lead to Poor Performance?

Balance positive thinking and reality

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of thinking positively. Of rock-solid self-belief.

But what about the risks?

Can’t being over-confident make things worse? Aren’t you in danger of having a completely unrealistic view of your abilities?

As you read on, you’ll discover when the positive viewpoint is exactly what the doctor ordered. And when stark realism should rule the day.

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Do You Know How to Add Pressure to Your Practice?

Staying cool under pressure requires practice

Do you remember a time when you had it all sorted in the practice room – but everything fell apart at the gig itself?

Maybe this happens a lot. You always get the material solid in practice – but, somehow, that doesn’t seem to be enough on stage.

And just spending more time practicing doesn’t seem to improve things.

​Fear not ​– ​it might only take a slight tweak in exactly HOW you practice to turn this situation around.

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