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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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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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Artistry: You either have it, or you don’t?

Artistry: You either have it, or you don’t?

It's a topic that's rarely addressed: Artistry. Like talent and potential, most people think it can't be taught. We assume you either have it or you don't. And yet, as musicians we spend our whole lives attempting to work our way into it. Thinking about artistry...

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