Magazine article American Music Teacher

Playing Your Best When It Counts: Mental Skills for Musicians

Magazine article American Music Teacher

Playing Your Best When It Counts: Mental Skills for Musicians

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* Playing Your Best When It Counts: Mental Skills for Musicians, by Bill Moore. Moore Performance Consulting, 2010. www.playingyourbest.com; 186 pp., $17.95.

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One way that musicians share their art is by performing for others, conveying the emotions of the music and expressing the composer's intentions. The idea of performing may be exhilarating for some and terrifying to others, yet every performers' key desire is to feel they have done their best. Playing Your Best When It Counts: Mental Skills for Musicians by Bill Moore provides readers a wide array of tools to help them do exactly that.

Although many books are available offering various approaches to handling performance anxiety or stage fright, Moore takes the musician on a uniquely personal journey through a number of introspective writing projects that promote private reflection. These thought-provoking journaling projects will help the reader gain greater insight and awareness into their thinking process, not only to assist in managing stress, but also helping them personalize and enhance their practice, learning and performing experiences.

Playing Your Best educates musicians in the differences between practicing the skills necessary to improve one's musicianship and those that will help one become a better performer, two critical yet very different skill sets. "Incorporating mental skills into your total development as a musician will make your practices more effective and your performance more expressive while helping you to become a more confident musician. …

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