Practice to performance
A Young Musician's Playbook
“Practice to Performance... a musical playbook for the young and young at heart!”
Everyone knows that “practice makes perfect”-- but what is practice, and how do we perfect it? Why does performing a solo sometimes feel like jumping out of an airplane--without a parachute?
Violinist and author Elizabeth O’Bannon (aka Vera Violin) shares her knowledge and life experiences in this easy to read, down-to-earth guide on how to use what you already know to get you where you want to go, from your own practice room to the performance stage.
Using relatable concepts and ideas, O’Bannon has crafted this guide for the younger string musician who wants to advance their playing, at home, when the coach isn’t in the room.
Chapter highlights include:
-Getting into the Swing of a Practice Routine: Setting up your practice space, finding a workable routine, making goals.
-Musicians are Athletes in Weird Uniforms: How training like an athlete will improve your technique and performance.
-The Ingredients of a Good Performance: Prepare your music like a master chef!
-The Big Game of Performance: Preparing both the mind and body for the stage.
-Stage Fright, Freak-outs and the Evil Mr. Freeze: Dealing with those anxiety gremlins.
-Tryouts and Team Rules (Orchestra): Preparing for auditions and tips for looking like a pro....and much more!