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Popular posts from the past three months
Musicians and beta-blockers. Are beta-blocking drugs safe, effective, and appropriate for musicians to use?
The beauty in basics. Ways to bring excitement and meaning to practicing fundamentals.
Countering perfectionism. There's a big difference between precision and perfection.
Self-evaluation: the key to artful practice. "The single most important goal for performing artists is to see how they are doing." -Itzhak Perlman, violinist
The total warm-up. A 6-step process that prepares the body, mind, and spirit for making music.
Updated Sheet Music Resources
Digital archives on the Web continue to expand, and MusiciansWay.com is keeping pace with updated links to valuable sites and portals. As one example, check out the Beethoven Haus Digital Archive in Bonn, Germany, which has grown into an extraordinary resource for scholars and performers of Beethoven's music. It incorporates 5,000 documents, 1,600 audio files (music examples & audio letters), and 7,600 text files.
Making Music on the High Seas
Ever thought about performing on a cruise ship? If so, you'll want to check out the blog Chronicles of a Cruise Ship Musician by David Hahn. "If there is anything at all the you want to know about working as a musician on a cruise ship, you will find it here."
Mikey Gets a Makeover
If you use an iPod or iPhone, check out Blue Microphones new version of Mikey, a plug-in mic that can transform your Apple device into a slick portable recorder. Due out this summer, the new generation Mikey features a pair of mic capsules for stereo recording and other innovations. You can use Mikey with standard voice memo software or download more sophisticated apps.
Are You a Shapely Musician?
Professor Daniel Leech-Wilkinson of King's College London and the Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice invites "experienced musical performers of professional or near-professional standards" to take part in a 30-minute questionnaire. Prof. Leech-Wilkinson and his associates are "researching the ways in which experienced performers use the idea of 'shape' when thinking about or performing music." Click here to learn more.
We musicians often confront complex copyright issues. Here are sites that deconstruct American copyright laws and help us grasp concepts such as 'fair use,' 'public domain,' and 'protected rights.'
Einstein on Creative Thinking
In this post on their blog, Imagine That! Annals of Ordinary and Extraordinary Genius, psychologists Robert and Michele Root-Bernstein use the example of Albert Einstein's creative process to suggest that daily music practice can stimulate "genius-level creativity."