The Musician's Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness

The Musician's Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness

The Musician's Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness

The Musician's Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness


In The Musician's Way, veteran performer and educator Gerald Klickstein combines the latest research with his 30 years of professional experience to provide aspiring musicians with a roadmap to artistic excellence. Part I, Artful Practice, describes strategies to interpret and memorize compositions, fuel motivation, collaborate, and more. Part II, Fearless Performance, lifts the lid on the hidden causes of nervousness and shows how musicians can become confident performers. Part III, Lifelong Creativity, surveys tactics to prevent music-related injuries and equips musicians to tap their own innate creativity. Written in a conversational style, The Musician's Way presents an inclusive system for all instrumentalists and vocalists to advance their musical abilities and succeed as performing artists.


I’ll never forget the day that my parents brought home my first guitar—the awe I felt as I reached for the strings and was enveloped in the silken tone. My command of those strings has come a long way since then, yet I still feel that same sense of wonder whenever I unlatch a case and take a guitar in my hands. If you’re a musician, too, you know exactly what I mean.

What is it about music that grabs the heart and fires the imagination? Victor Hugo wrote, “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” Words are destined to fall short when it comes to capturing the essence of music, but the skills involved in making music can be pinned down. and for aspiring performers, those skills are priceless.

The Musician’s Way articulates fundamental skills that bring about musical excellence. It merges concepts drawn from current research with the insights that I’ve gathered across three decades in the performing and teaching professions. Part I, Artful Practice, describes strategies for practicing creatively and efficiently. Part ii, Fearless Performance, maps out a route to conquer nervousness and connect with audiences. Part iii, Lifelong Creativity, equips readers to look after their most important resource: themselves. It shows how musicians can prevent occupational injuries, boost creativity, and thrive amid the demands of their field.

The chapters and sections are best read in order, but they’re also designed to function independently so that a musician interested in a particular topic can singly read the relevant portion. To achieve such independence, some points are reiterated, albeit sparingly.

Many sections incorporate case examples. Such narratives are composite sketches of students with whom I’ve worked, although identifying characteristics have been modified so that none depict specific persons. the book also employs a companion website, the site compiles . . .

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