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Where’s the Magic in Your Music?

Where’s the Magic in Your Music?

Finding the magic: as performers, we spend our whole careers striving to bring magic to audiences. We chase after our ideal imagined performances and hope to approximate these in our delivery. The "magic," of course, isn't about having a perfect technique or sound....

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Solving the Riddle of Non-Attachment for Ambitious Musicians

Solving the Riddle of Non-Attachment for Ambitious Musicians

Most musicians are ambitious, goal-oriented people—and this quality helps us get more done. But ambition can seem completely at odds with the Buddhist principle of non-attachment: the idea of the work itself being its own reward. So here’s to solving the riddle of how...

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Two wolves story for musicians

Two wolves story for musicians

Here is a traditional Cherokee story, one you may have heard before—but with an ending that (at least for me) was brand new. I find its lesson especially relevant for musicians. It’s based on a version posted anonymously on the website awakin.org, and titled Beyond...

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Your super power: your Shadow

Your super power: your Shadow

Musicians: imagine for a moment that you could play, sing, or compose with much more freedom and abandon — and leave behind the "playing it safe." Imagine that in your next hour of practice or studio time, you could let go of any self-doubt, fear, or judgment. Think...

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How to Teach a Masterclass for Musicians

How to Teach a Masterclass for Musicians

Masterclass teaching can be a terrific way to recruit new students and build your reputation. But only if it's done well. So how do you deliver effective and memorable masterclasses that truly resonate with student performers and audiences? To demystify all this, here...

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Secrets Revealed: How to Become a More Confident Musician

Secrets Revealed: How to Become a More Confident Musician

Most of us don't like to admit that we're scared. But the truth is, we ALL have anxieties around performing, auditioning, public speaking, and/or interviewing. And then there's networking and social interactions. To help, here are my best kept Secrets Revealed: How to...

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Take the Musician Motivation Quiz

Take the Musician Motivation Quiz

Here's the question: is your motivation crystal clear? If you're like most musicians, it's a little murky. To help, I've got a story for you plus a quick and easy Musician Motivation quiz so you can clarify your WHY. First, the story. Many years ago I met an American...

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