The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heartby Deline Bruser, Yehudi Menuhin
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… See more details below
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.
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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!
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!
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.