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The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heartby Madeline Bruser
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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 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
Photographs show essential points of posture and movement for a variety of instruments.
A "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" for musicians, this wise and useful book transforms a sometimes frustrating, monotonous, and strenuous labor into an exhilarating and rewarding experience. 40 photos. 4 line drawings.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 253-254) and index.
About the Author
Madeline Bruser lectures widely on the Art of Practicing and teaches privately in New York City.
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