Author Archive for David Motto

My last blog post was 10 Secrets and Shortcuts to Improve Your Skills. Number 7 on that list was to “Visualize Success.” For this post and the next few posts I’m going deeper into the visualization process. I want to spend time outlining everything that makes visualizations so effective. And, I want to give you […]

What’s your answer when someone asks you, “How can I get better as a musician?” I hope you don’t say, “Spend more time practicing.” Most people don’t know how to practice. So, if they spend more time practicing, it won’t actually help them. Here’s what will happen to them instead: They’ll keep making mistakes, but […]

Musicians are always looking for constant improvement in their skills and in their performances. This is no different than what athletes go through. You’ve got to dedicate yourself to some sort of daily workout, keep your eyes on the long-term prize, and be persistent. I coach a lot of musicians, and I make sure they […]

In ancient times (pre-Internet, pre-broadband, pre-SmartPhone), musicians really only had a few choices for learning to play their instruments, figuring out how music theory works, understanding music history, and grappling with the music business: 1) Go see a private music instructor 2) Read and study a lot of books 3) Take a class at a […]

There’s nothing more frustrating for musicians than trying to learn a song from a recording while the music is going by so fast you can barely keep up with it! Luckily, there are now many tools out there that slow down the music without changing the pitch. Having this ability is a HUGE time-saver. And, […]

Knowing music theory helps musicians learn songs faster, recognize chord progressions, understand everything they’re playing and more. If you’re looking for ways to make learning music theory, there are more tools available than ever before in human history!! Tools, books, software, online courses, apps – you name it and it’s out there for you. Here […]

  The title of today’s blog is a quote from Dr. Barry Rovner, a psychiatrist at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He says to “follow the plan” to help his elderly patients who are losing their sight. It turns out that patients who have a specific plan to work around their difficulty with seeing are […]

  Links on Memorizing Music Following my blog post last week on memorizing music, I received requests for more information on memorizing. Here are some of the many ideas on this subject from teachers and experts: Advice from Music Educators and Other Experts 30+ Ways to Memorize Music from Chris Foley at the Collaborative Piano […]

  I’m on a mission to help musicians learn faster and better so they can practice more efficiently and effectively and perform more confidently and with more control. To complete this mission successfully, I draw on many resources to make sure I’m giving sound advice to musicians: • my decades of experience as a professional […]

How loudly, or quietly, you play has a huge effect on how effective your performances are. The same music played at different volumes has different effects on listeners. If you play more or less at one volume all the time, your playing might sound flat and uninteresting. The best musicians play different sections of songs […]