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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Jun 09, Anne-Marie rated it liked it Recommends it for: There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Certain aspect of this book were really helpful, others, not so much. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

When faced with these instincts, we should ask ourselves whether they are serving us well. Bruser does a great job describing all of the techniques that will help a musician become more in tune with themselves pun intended.

For all its romanticism and emotional volatility, the music of Chopin is meticulously notated to reveal a sophisticated polyphony that is often highly contrapuntal. 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.

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Bruser is an authorized instructor of mindfulness meditation in the Shambhala tradition, which presents mindfulness in secular contexts maxeline.

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For over 45 years, I’ve started every practice session with the tedium of scales, arpeggios and technical exercises, but Ms. There were times when I thought she repeated herself within her different topics, but other than that it was a good read for any musician.

The author emphasized relaxation and letting the heart take over.

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Try to not forget about the cur This book tells us how we should practice and what kind of thoughts we should have. Bruser appeared on National Public Radio’s Performance Today in an interview and piano lesson broadcast in cities. Think of a moment when someone revealed his vulnerable self to you through a shy glance, a quivering voice, a halting gesture, or a warm and touching musical phrase. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Learn more about Amazon Prime. You can bring your best to it or you can cheat yourself of the opportunity to discover the depths of the music and of your own gifts.

Follow your curiosity as you practice. Oct 22, Juan rated it it was amazing. Also there are questions from readers and answers to them.

But by recognizing our habits and viewing them with humor, we gently loosen their grip on us and cultivate the intelligence and joy we need for authentic music-making. An historical bruswr of drug addled, suicidal musicians danced past my eyes in the manner of a jazz funeral.

The mind cannot comprehend a long series of notes without dividing it into small madelien.

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

Bruser served on the Committee for Pianists’ Wellness for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy from toand she has retrained pianists with practice-related injuries since This is a raw dump of the notes I took while reading the book: The most meditative step, madepine grounding exercise.


Drop your attitudes and be simple. Years later, after I had been in her position many times and had extended myself to others who looked shy and uncomfortable, I realized how magnetic my vulnerability must have been to her.

Only 19 left in stock more on the way. My only complaint, such a good book!

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This is just a great book to read about music, creativity, and ergonomics, all in one. High to Low Avg. How we react to all of this sensation is crucial.

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This was a good book to help maadeline get spirit back into my music. Are there songs that bring that back? She is currently writing her second book, about developing freedom and confidence in performance. Quotes from performers and teachers. Oct 31, Shimin Li rated it liked it Shelves: Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.