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  • Luís

    April 7, 2019 at 6:30 am


    Yes, it helps although it raises a few other questions!

    At some point in the course you talk about focusing on the controllables and it makes perfect sense. However, when you mention those, you mention breathing, relaxing the muscles etc but these are before you begin to play, right? When actually playing (and I’m thinking of solo playing), should focus be just on strictly musical aspects (singing, phrasing, etc) or do you recommend maybe now and then “taking a break” to relax you muscles (I’m guessing not)

    But now that you mention the mental “script”, what exactly are you referring to? In the course, you talk about the attentional script but I thought that refers to all that happens before you start playing (what’s most helpful to think before entering stage, while walking on stage, etc) so I guess you’re referring to a sort of “musical intentions script”, no? Like, don’t forget to exaggerate this, really slow down here, and so on?

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