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Dealing with Crippling Self-Doubt

January 30, 2017 Eddy Chen

Dealing with Crippling Self-Doubt

Am I good enough? There’s no way I could ever play like that! Why can’t I just get this right!? These thoughts musicians like myself face all the time. What separates the best from the mediocre is the ability to practice calmly in spite of these emotions. In The Practice Journal, violin pedagogue Dr. Robin Wilson offers some advice: “Patience and persistence is the greatest virtue,” he said. “Frustration, on the other hand, can cause excess muscle tension, limit focus and generally lessen tonal quality.” This advice is echoed by Japanese pedagogue Dr. Suzuki: “Don’t rush, but don’t rest; Patience...


How to Stay Motivated

November 18, 2016 Brett Yang

How to Stay Motivated

Hey Brett, “How do I keep myself motivated?” This is a question that most musicians seek out an answer for, a musing that is supposedly responsible for all our success. It also appears quite often in question-and-answer sessions, whether it be at university lectures, on Snapchat or the podcast.  Motivation is an internal process that causes us to act or behave in a way to make us move towards a goal. It is often praised as the secret sauce to our musical success. Don’t get me wrong, having motivation is great in that it keeps us moving forward, but relying...