The Art Of Practicing: A Guide To Making Music From The Heart by Deline BruserThe Art Of Practicing: A Guide To Making Music From The Heart by Deline Bruser

The Art Of Practicing: A Guide To Making Music From The Heart

byDeline BruserForeword byYehudi Menuhin

Paperback | January 31, 1999

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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.
Madeline Bruser lectures widely on the Art of Practicing and teaches privately in New York City.
Title:The Art Of Practicing: A Guide To Making Music From The HeartFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.24 × 5.47 × 0.72 inPublished:January 31, 1999Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0609801775

ISBN - 13:9780609801772

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Practice without heart is hardly practice at all! I am a first year univrsity music student who plays the tuba. Practicing has almost always been a chore for me, until I picked up The Art of Practicing. This book is phenomenal in every sense of the word. Once picked up the book could not be put down, and the fountain of knowledge within the pages has improved my quality of practice, length of GOOD practice, and my overall playing. My tuba teacher, and another one of my music professors, were so extatic abut the immediate improvement in my playing that they bought the book themselves. This book is an absolute MUST have for ANY musician of ANY playing level. If you approach this book with an open mind and an open heart it will work wonders for you, I promise, would a tuba player ever send you down the wrong path?
Date published: 2000-11-01

From Our Editors

Pianist Madeline Bruser shows musicians how to put the joy back into making music by kicking negative practice habits that can frustrate the experience. The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music From the Heart contains practical techniques that can help musicians overcome problems such as: impatience, distraction, anger, stage fright, posture and so much more. This wonderful guide also includes 40 black and white photographs and a foreword by Yehudi Menhuin.

Editorial Reviews

"Madeline Bruser has put together a valuable and insightful look at the art of practicing. If more people read this this book, perhaps we might see an increase in the number of inspired and joyful music makers who, rather than viewing practice as a punitive activity, regard it as the supreme opportunity to explore their own creativity."American Music Teacher"An essential and brilliant book. Madeline Bruser gives us insight, wisdom, and tremendous practicality." --Don Campbell, author of The Mozart Effect"I've often thought of practice as playing--in the stretching, somersault, skipping, serenely special sense of the word--and The Art of Practicing reaffirms that. It gently and joyfully reminds us of the beautiful reasons we love music and become musicians in the first place."--Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist"The attitude and approach presented in this book ring true and can inspire us to open up to music with stimulated imagination and inquisitiveness and to play from the heart every time we sit down to play. I recommend this book and its ideas very highly."--Peter Serkin, pianist"An excellent sourcebook for musicians...logical, well thought-out, and clearly written, as well as medically tenable...thoughtful, sensitive, and very practical."--Alice G. Brandfonbrenner, M.D., founding director Medical Program for Performing Artists, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, editor, Medical Problems of Performing Artists"This is a book to read and read again, whether you are a performing musician or a serious listener."The Washington Times"Give this book to any musician you love and to any person who loves what music does for them and for the world. "                                                   --Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist"Luminous and inspiring. "       --Paula Robison, flutist