I’ve had all of those issues and more drag me down in the past.
But I’ve also seen the other side – maybe you’ve had the same?
Those times where everything magically just flowed. You find yourself wondering “Did I really just play that?”.
Going back to playing at your usual level after getting a short glimpse of what you’re really capable of is almost as frustrating as the occasions when you underperform. You now know that everything you needed for a great performance was already in place - you just didn't manage to tap into it.
If you think back, you’ll probably find that your best and most enjoyable performance moments were only partly related to how well prepared you were. What they all had in common was that your mind was in the right state – you just need to work out how to access it consistently.
Hi, I’m Mark. I’m a jazz guitarist and educator with a passion for discovering the most important things to learn and the most effective ways to learn them.
I grappled for years with how to get comfortable in performance, and how to play great consistently.
I knew that I had enough ability to give great performances. The problem was that I usually didn’t play to that standard when it counted.
You might recognise the feelings I got as a result.
Frustration. Anxiety. A sense that there must be a better way.
I spent a lot of time searching for answers. But almost all the lessons out there are about WHAT you should be doing – not how to make it happen consistently when the pressure’s on.
Any help I did find was fragmented and incomplete. A tip here, some advice there. I struggled to work out which ones to focus on and how to turn them into practical exercises.
Over the years, I did see slight improvements in my playing, but it was a slow process – full of trial and error. Occasional magic performances. Many more disappointments.
At the end of the day, I was still regularly frustrated by what I felt were poor performances. Self-criticism often sucked the joy out of it all.
But then, finally, I found some techniques that really helped. And everything suddenly clicked.
Now, things are very different. I’m much more relaxed when I play, and those moments of “Wow – how did I play that!?” have become more and more frequent. It’s a huge improvement both in how well I perform, and in how much I enjoy it.
And I've seen the same changes happen in my students.
The breakthrough came when I went on a tennis course focused entirely on mental training.
The improvement I saw in my tennis game and in my ENJOYMENT of playing over just three days was huge. Despite doing no work at all on my technique I was much more consistent. And I frequently found myself playing shots I hadn’t realised I was capable of.
This was the first time I experienced first-hand that performing under pressure is a trainable skill. Before this, I simply hadn’t had access to the right training system.
In fact, many of the techniques we used on the course were things I was familiar with already. It was the system for training them, and the support available which made the difference.
I was inspired by the massive impact on my tennis. Now that I had an understanding of the sort of training which was needed, I was motivated to make a similar breakthrough in music.
But when I looked for a course to help me I didn’t find anything that fitted the bill – so I decided to create what I needed myself.
The result brings together techniques from the worlds of sport and music and beyond. It's the product of months spent testing how best to apply them to a music context, which approaches were most effective, and how they fit together.
Unlock Your Performance is the course I wish I’d had available to me when I started out many years ago.
It takes all the insights I’ve learned along my journey and combines them into a simple but comprehensive system.
I’ll show you how to develop a powerful sense of self-belief. And we’ll build an ongoing mental training routine to help you play better, enjoy it more, and express yourself better – regardless of your instrument, style of music, or level of technical ability.
Just like there are specific exercises you can do to improve your technique, your mind can be trained the same way. But you have to use a proven formula to ensure you get results.
Basically, your current mindset is producing the current results you are experiencing. If you want to transform your performance then you need a new mindset.
It’s hard to do this on your own.
Sadly, most courses are good at giving you raw information. But very poor at doing this in a way that leads to actual change. No matter how good that information is, this is an extremely ineffective and unreliable way to learn.
Unlock Your Performance is different. Very different. It's completely focused on ensuring that you get the results you’re looking for. It's designed to deliver significant progress that actually sticks in the long-term.
It's a complete integrated system. Everything works together to one end goal: visible lasting improvement.
Practical exercises that can be done in only 5 minutes a day make it possible to stick with this in the long term.
I'm always adding and improving content as I learn more. You'll always have my most up-to-date methods.
I'm supporting you all the way. You'll get individual guidance and feedback based on your specific situation.
I don't go easy on you. I'll be following up and holding you accountable for doing the work.
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“I’m a singer-saxophonist gigging regularly and aiming to be a full-time solo artist. I’d been performing for twenty years but suffered from nerves and never really performed at my best on stage. This course was a game-changer - it was only six weeks long and 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.
If you’re prepared to put the work in, I would highly recommend this course! There’s a lot to learn and practise, but it’s completely worth it. Serious game-changer for performers, aspiring or professional. Thanks Mark!"
“The most important thing for me has been having these little things you do actually in the moment of playing – they’re bite-size and very understandable and easy to do once you practice them. Making things more concrete has been a useful part of the course for me.
I would definitely recommend the course. I can’t imagine anybody who wouldn’t find it useful. If you’ve spent your whole life on this mental side of music and you’ve got it all down then perhaps it’s not for you, but I think the vast majority of us musicians are focusing on the musical skills and don’t spend much time thinking about this mental side. I’ve found it really helpful and I’ve definitely been talking about it with my friends and musician colleagues as I’ve been doing the course and saying how good it’s been."
“Before joining the course I was concerned that it might be too difficult or that it was “just another course”. As a result of taking the course, though, I became more objective about my own playing. I lost my fear of making mistakes, and learned how to use what skills I already had and to be more optimistic about being able to improve step by step. Mark gave very full feedback on assignments so it has felt like a supportive conversation.
An unexpected result is that I have also got better at asking other players how they do things rather than trying to pretend I already know – I didn’t anticipate that.
I would certainly recommend the course. In the past I have looked for people who can show me how to play. That can be useful, but really the only person who can learn how to play is yourself. This course focuses on the mental attitudes and practices you need to do that. I was very pleased with the course."
Let's talk about exactly what you'll get when you sign up.
The core of the course is 6 in-depth modules of video lessons. You get lifetime access - go through them at your own pace, and come back to them whenever you like.
There are plenty of supporting exercises and resources using a mix of video, audio and text. Having multiple angles on the topics like this helps you understand the concepts more deeply and remember them more easily.
Everything you need to understand about what’s going on when you feel under pressure. You'll learn exactly how to deal with it so that your performances are consistent and enjoyable. Including:
Discover why self-confidence is one of the most important ingredients for successful music performances. And learn how to strengthen it. Including:
All about how to develop the courage to play fearlessly without holding back. And how this can take your playing to new heights. Including:
Learn how to get into “the zone”, or “flow” – the state which allows us to achieve peak performance. Including:
You can never guarantee that mistakes won’t happen - but treating them in the right way makes a huge difference. Learn how. Including:
The “real world” is messy and unpredictable. Here, you’ll learn how you can adapt everything in the course to fit any situation. Including:
Bonus module: Practice system
Information counts for nothing if you don’t put it into practice. Here, you’ll learn how to bring everything together into a short, practical and effective ongoing routine with no uncertainty over what – or how much – you need to practice in order to see results. Including:
EXTRA BONUS: Support, Accountability, & Community
The key difference between those who succeed and those who don’t is often the support system they have in place. I’m committed to making sure you’ve got everything you need in that area. Including:
Unlock Your Performance is 100% RISK FREE.
You are fully protected by my 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If you don't feel like you've received value and you decide you want to cancel any time within the next 60 days, just let me know and I'll happily send you a refund. No hassles, headaches or hoops to jump through.
The best part is this:
If you think there's a "slight chance" Unlock Your Performance can work for you, then you should enroll today; you can try the course... and see if it's right for you. No guess work needed. Use the course and see for yourself.
If it works, your music will never be the same again. You'll play better and enjoy it more. If it doesn't work, email me and I’ll give you a prompt refund. That's why I'm happy to offer this risk-free 60-day guarantee.
If you’re ready to take your music to the next level, then choose an option below, and click the button to get started.
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“I would certainly recommend the course, in fact I have recommended the course. It’s really useful in any form of performance, and a lot of life is performance.
I found that it’s given me tools to not just accept ‘Oh god, there’s another one I’ve ruined by tense muscles’, but it’s given me tools to actually improve that and to relax much more, and it’s given me conscious things to focus on both in practice and performance."
“It’s been life-changing – as a musician it will help immeasurably. Anybody, whatever stage they’re at as a performer would stand to benefit from this.
I really liked the material that you put together – I thought there was a really lovely fit with the exercises. You offered to be our personal guide until it became natural for us to guide ourselves. You had my back."
Unlock Your Performance can help musicians in pretty much every situation. Whether you’re looking to conquer performance anxiety, achieve your very best in performance, or find the difference that will take you from "really good" to "great" – working on your mindset and mental skills is the key.
However, it’s NOT for everyone. Truth be told, I’d prefer to help you figure out if it’s not right for you BEFORE you join rather than waste your time. So, let’s cut to the chase...
It might seem strange, me trying to talk you OUT of joining - but if Unlock Your Performance is not the right fit then neither of us benefit. My number one priority is ensuring that my students get the results they’re looking for - and that all starts by making sure the course is right for you before you join.
Creator of Unlock Your Performance
I’m a jazz guitarist and educator who’s been performing in the UK and abroad for more than 20 years. During this time I've immersed myself in the psychology of performance too, using my own experiences as a case study.
When I started out, performing felt like throwing myself in the deep end without knowing how to swim. I learnt to deal with anxiety and other challenges by a long and painful process of trial and error. But now I've developed techniques that give faster, easier and more consistent results.
This has made such a difference to my enjoyment of playing music that now I want to share those techniques with other musicians like you.
Well, you can always carry on just as you are now and keep getting the same results. Since you’ve read this far, though, I’m guessing that’s not really what you want.
If you’re looking to take your music to the next level then – unless you already spend a significant proportion of your time working on mental training – adding it in will be the quickest and easiest way to improve. It’s an investment in your playing that will pay itself back many times over as you increase your performance level, and reduce frustration and anxiety.
You could put together a system like this yourself, but it would cost you a similar amount to track down all the information. And it would take a lot longer. That’s before you even begin to go through the trial and error of turning all this into practical exercises and testing which ones work best for you.
And if you go down the route of getting one-to-one coaching then you might well be looking at paying 10 times as much.
Alternatively, you can benefit from all the work I’ve already done to design and test a system that’s effective and practical. Sign up today, and get on the fast track to success – the sooner you take action on this, the sooner you get to see the results.
Imagine that every time you get up to perform you play freely, without fear, and at the top of your game. If you want to see a transformation like this, then Unlock Your Performance is the most effective way to do it.
If you’re ready to take your music to the next level, then click the button to get started.
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Mental training is relevant and important for musicians of all levels and genres – if you play and perform music then your mindset and thought processes inevitably have a huge impact. Regardless of your individual situation, the same skills and exercises apply pretty much across the board. In any case, the individual support I provide will help you tailor things to your specific situation.
It’s great if you can join us live but, if not, no problem!
All live sessions will be recorded and available to view later. You’ll also be able to send in questions ahead of time.
In the long-term, you’ll be able to practice all this stuff in as little as 5 or 10 minutes a day. During the course itself, you’ll be getting familiar with the exercises and trying out variations so your practice will take a bit longer. It can still be done in a relatively short amount of time (though if you can give more time to them then that’s great).
You'll probably want to allow a couple of hours to go through each module itself - this covers going through the materials, discussing key points further and completing the written assignments.
The course is mainly based on proven approaches from sports psychology – not only the specific techniques used, but also the way elite academies incorporate them into training programmes. In addition, I have tested them on myself in the context of both music and sport.
It also draws on my years of experience of performing and teaching music, my expertise in training and coaching confidence in the workplace, and on driving behaviour change.
P.S.: Are you happy with how your playing is at the moment? And with how much progress you’re making?
Your current mindset is what’s producing the current results you're experiencing. If you want new results, then you need a new mindset. Unlock Your Performance gives you exactly that. And much more.