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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2002

    An incredible Book

    For anyone who has ever come across any problem in music, this is a great book to read. Since all musicians face problems, this book enhances musical abilities, techniques, and other music-related things. Ms. Bruser appears to be a kind-hearted, caring, and a detrimental part of musical society. She provides hope for everyone. I more than strongly recommend this incredible book. Her E-mail address is available at the end of the book. I thanked her for her contribution to my life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2001

    This book changed my life as a musician

    After earning a master's degree in piano performance from a major conservatory, I struggled for years with debilitating performance anxiety and frustration, to the point where I changed careers and moved into the corporate world for 15 years. The practice techniques and disciplines which Madeline Bruser so clearly describes in this book enabled me to recapture my earlier love and enthusiasm for music and performing, and have put me on a path toward 'playing from the heart,' which has led me among other things to a decision to return to teaching and performing again as a career. This book is written in a simple and straightforward style. The author is not dogmatic about her ideas, but rather, deals with the physical and emotional aspects of playing music at a basic and fundamental level. Ms. Bruser's own credentials as a pianist and teacher are impressive. The research she cites -- interviews and collaboration with numerous professional musicians and teachers, experts in posture and movement (Alexander, Feldenkreis), and medical professionals, are partly what attracted me to this book, as did the praise for this book from musicians such as Peter Serkin, Yehudi Menuhin, and Richard Stolzman -- all impeccable sources in my opinion. When I first found this book, I couldn't put it down. I felt like I had found an oasis from my musical struggles, and hope for resolving them. If you are a musician, former musician, or aspiring musician, this book will be a source of encouragement and creative ideas. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Powerful, comprehensive, and extremely useful.

    Unfortunately, I picked up this book after the storm of college auditions passed.
    This book has really helped me understand exactly why I want to be a musician, other than "Oh, I just really like music". Bruser has really opened my eyes to how enjoyable practicing can be and how a performance is much, much, MUCH more than playing in front of a group of people. I made copious notes and highlighted especially powerful statements. I was especially moved by the last chapter on generosity; it reminded me why I do what I do.
    Bruser also includes a wonderful list of resources related to her book for musicians- amateurs and professionals.

    After reading this book, I can only imagine where I would be in my musical intellect had I picked it up much earlier.

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