Author of the highly acclaimed book The Art of Practicing, pianist Madeline Bruser is a Juilliard graduate who has trained in mindfulness disciplines for 35 years. Pianist Madeline Bruser, author of The Art of Practicing and Director of The Art of Practicing Institute, helps musicians break through to a new level of per. Specialties: I help aspiring and professional pianists who want to practice with less struggle and break through to a new level of performance: Productive.

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For a performer, this means not only being engaged with the music but letting the energy of the audience affect you. For more information visit www.

Are there songs that bring that back? Natural rhythm comes from being physically settled, mentally relaxed, and emotionally unrepressed.

The final section on performing was very moving. Madelime to say this book is only for amateurs, given the amount of space she dedicates to the issues that professional, performing musicians face. These habits will keep coming back; they are deeply ingrained, and we will be working with the same raw material for the rest of our lives.

Oct 22, Kayleigh rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have been meditating for several years now and could very much relate to the philosophy and practice she ascribes to in life and in music.

It was a pleasure to reread, and I highly recommend it. Jun 09, Anne-Marie rated it liked it Recommends it for: When you become accustomed to noticing every minute detail that you can perceive with your senses, in a relaxed manner, you can perform on stage without your environs distracting you. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. The audience member who sneezes, the reflection of the woman on the wood of the piano, etc. Be both considerate and open to the possibility of joy.


I picked it up specifically because I’ve been struggling with my own practicing; I fall into the category of one who is uncomfortable with my instrument and frustrated by my inability to express myself. So instead of forcing your body to control your instrument, tune into your sensations, trust your innate coordination and musicality, and let yourself move spontaneously.

This book is not always compellingly written, but the ideas presented can be liberating. Sep 21, Mikael Lind rated it liked it Shelves: Also there are questions from readers and answers to them.

I tried out all the usual explanations that have been put out by the piano teaching industry. Get us in your inbox once a month.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. If we take our thoughts too seriously, we get madelone up in them and lose touch with our heart and with the main event that is taking place.

Acclaimed pianist and teacher Madeline Bruser combines physiological and meditative principles to help musicians release physical and mental tension and unle This landmark book enlightens amateur and professional musicians about a way of practicing that transforms a sometimes frustrating, monotonous, and overly strenuous labor into an brusr and rewarding experience.

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Practicing is a chance to be with the music you love. I may be able to apply some of them to chess playing, possibly.

The three psychological styles are 1 overstated passion, in which we cling to the music; 2 avoidance, in which we resist dealing with the music; and 3 aggression, in which we attack the music. While creating political change, do not allow yourself to be sexualized without your consent, nor neutered. In this case, by consciously directing your attention to the details of breathing, you remove your attention from the stream of random thoughts, and the mind is filled only with the simple process of breathing.


When you become accustomed to noticing every minute detail that yo The most valuable concept I gained was the idea that as you practice you make yourself hyper-aware of your surroundings–instead of trying to tune them out completely. Let go of any judgments of the sound. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Find the “unshakable confidence in your musicality” “Passion, confidence and vulnerability are evidence of musical talent” Are you repeating passages in your practice out of desperation to gain “technical security”?

Our society would like us to believe that success should be achieved with the minimum amount of work or effort; Bruser guides readers through the process of debunking that perception and turning the processes of learning, practicing, and working toward performance back into the pleasures that we all know they are.

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Meditation for Musicians

In addition to her Juilliard degree, Ms. The life in a musical performance comes through in the mmadeline ebb and flow of its phrasing, a rhythmic elasticity inherent in human pulse, breath, and movement. This vision-oriented player is like a dancer who relies on chalk marks on the floor to know where to step: