LIVE in THE SPOTLIGHT
- How to practice: exploring strategies and tactics in an aging body through book reviews, interviews, personal anecdotes, with the goal of staying happy, healthy and focused.
- Attitude: what it is a good attitude, how does helps us to learn and persevere, which daily tactics help us to acquire or keep a good one, what to do if yours needs a tune up?
- Metacognition: what it is, what it can teach us about learning, resources for study, conferences, and in practice.
- Intrinsic motivation: what it is, how it helps us to learn and persevere as we age, how to help those we mentor with theirs.
Time, Tone, Feel, Facility, Repertoire
· No time, no gigs
· No tone, no gigs
· No feel, no gigs
· No facility, no gigs
· Inadequate repertoire, no gigs
For those of us who play “beat music”, practicing with a metronome is mandatory. When I play classical piano, not so mandatory.
Recording our practices reveals to us our progress in time, tone, feel, facility. Knowing the repertoire makes us employable. A lot of this can be done by ourselves after we have reached a certain level. But, it’s always good to seek out a coach from time to time. After all, even poor Tiger Woods has coaches. The Toronto Maple Leafs don’t practice without several coaches observing, pushing and evaluating. Why do so many musicians think they are so different? Good question.
Wynton Marsalis on practicing: Confront your deficiencies
David Story: Professional pianist, drummer, composer, and educator. Well into his 4th enthusiastic musical decade, David works with adults pursuing musical dreams in the autumn of life, while he maintains an active presence in the Toronto arts scene.