The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart

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The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart
Bruser, Madeline

This book enlightens amateur and professional musicians about a way of practicing that transforms a sometimes frustrating, monotonous, and overly strenuous labor into an exhilarating and rewarding experience. Acclaimed pianist and teacher Madeline Bruser combines physiological and meditative principles to help musicians release physical and mental tension and unleash their innate musical talent. She offers practical techniques for cultivating free and natural movement, a keen enjoyment of sounds and sensations, a clear and relaxed mind, and an open heart and she explains how to:

  • Prepare the body and mind to practice with ease
  • Understand the effect of posture on flexibility and expressiveness
  • Make efficient use of the hands and arms
  • Employ listening techniques to improve coordination
  • Increase the range of color and dynamics by using less effort
  • Cultivate rhythmic vitality
  • Perform with confidence, warmth, and freedom
  • Soft cover, 265 pages.

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