Voice Techniques: How to Match Pitch
Singing is an essential part of practice no matter what your instrument is. Some of my students over the years have struggled to match pitch, so if that’s you, here are a couple videos to help.
Piano Lessons for Beginners: Learn Some Simple Chords
Piano is SO great for musical understanding. You’d be doing yourself a favor to get started now if you haven’t already.
Get better at music by practicing less?
Trumpeter Brad Harrison has some excellent videos on his channel for trumpeters or any musician. Here’s some good practice advice.
James Rhodes Plays Bach’s Prelude No. 1 in C Major: You Can Too in 6 Weeks
Get the book here. His TED talk goes deeper…
Top 10 Practice Strategies
This is today’s top 10. On any other day, I might list different strategies. They’re all important. Don’t wait to understand something (practice, music theory, scales, love, whatever). Do it first. Do it a lot. The understanding will come later. GO SLOWLY! This is perhaps the most difficult and yet the simplest item on the…
Practice You Can’t Do On Purpose: Recovering From Mistakes
Feces happen. It’s one of those truisms like death and taxes. Mistakes happen, too, all the time, especially when playing music. It’s essential that you learn how to recover from them.
Consolidation of human skill linked to waking hippocampo-neocortical replay
Going full-on science nerd with this link. Fascinating study documenting micro-rest and its impact on skill-learning from Ethan R.Buch156LeonardoClaudino125RomainQuentin13MarleneBönstrup14Leonardo G.Cohen
Neuroscience of How to Learn SKills Quickly (Huberman Episode 20)
Skip to 16:16 (sixteen minutes, sixteen seconds) in to get to the skill acquisition stuff. Note “chapters” in the YouTube progress bar.
Remove Recording Noise (Hiss, Hum, etc.) with Audacity (Free Program)
I use this Audacity a LOT, even though I have several more high-end programs, because it’s quick and easy (and free: tutorial to get it here).