How our health really affects our ability to unleash spectacular performances – 029

Our health may not be the most invigorating topic, and you might be as tired as I am of hearing about diets and exercise and obesity and... As always, clichés are born from grains of truth, no matter how much we don't want them to be.

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  • How our health really affects our ability to unleash spectacular performances – 029

    Our health may not be the most invigorating topic, and you might be as tired as I am of hearing about diets and exercise and obesity and... As always, clichés are born from grains of truth, no matter how much we don't want them to be.

  • How musicians are being held hostage by their limiting beliefs – 028

    Attention-grabbing headlines turn heads and sensationalize what might otherwise be just a strong, solid response to a problem, not an actual hostage situation.

  • Your uniqueness grows one feature at a time – 027

    The way you play or sing, your posture, your sound quality, your sight-reading ability, your smile when you perform... Whatever you identify, pick one that makes your heart leap a little bit... that one thing you do in which you find joy, or that makes you smile when you think of it.

  • No-one has experienced your life – 026

    It remains by far the most thrilling part of my job as a conductor - seeing an ensemble accomplish far more than they thought possible, not because they were copying anyone else, but because they found their own way, individually AND collectively, to be better musicians.

  • Cloning our heroes – 025

    mes we start life by replicating others. Your master or role model hasn't lived the life you have, and therefore you should not expect to live their life, either.

  • Exploring one thing at a time – 024

    Probably two of the biggest problems we have in society are the need to appear busy, and multi-tasking. Perhaps the worst of society's social wannabes are those who do both!

  • We only know what we’re exposed to – 023

    Our teachers have their own interests, and many times if we like that teacher or that had a strong impact on us, then we follow just what we have experienced from that perspective. Exposing our students to multiple styles and genres of music is a rare thing among music teachers.

  • We choose what we study – 022

    Because musicians focus so much on the technical aspect of performing, many of them get labelled and boxed into believing they are only good at that one thing.

  • Discover, share, humiliate, retreat – 021

    When we constantly compete we develop really bad habits and attitudes. One consequence of this is how we grow into introverts and extroverts.

  • Always competing with each other – 020

    Constantly competing against others to be the best performer is, quite literally, a futile distraction that will hold you back. Aim to be the best you, instead.

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