The Art of Practicing : A Guide
to Making Music from the Heart
by Madeline Bruser
This book's title speaks for itself. 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, employs 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. Ms.
Bruser 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.
STRASBERG At the Actor's Studio (Tape-recorded
sessions) Edited by Robert H. Hethmon
This book is a valuable tool to any performing artist. I
have included a page just for excerpts from this book since
it is out of print currently. (click on the name Strasberg)
I would suggest independent bookstores and libraries in
trying to locate a copy of this book. It would be worth the
search. There is so much wisdom to be had from other art
forms that benefit us as musicians and performers. This book
is a wealth of wisdom from a very intense and insightful
artist. Please read through some of the transcripts and
you will see what I mean. He talks about relaxation,
triggering imagination, will and discipline, subjective
interpretation of technical problems, expression, and so
on. I actually had the opportunity here in NYC to have a
couple of acting lessons with a professional and this book
was the most impressive of his sources. I was able to see
the positive impact this kind of "cross-training" can
Listen to the Music - A Self-Guided Tour Through the
Orchestral Repertoire by Jonathan D. Kramer
Listen to the Music offers a fascinating and
entertaining tour of 290 of the most frequently performed
and best-loved symphonic masterpieces. Engaging and concise
descriptions written in "program notes" style set the works
in their historical contexts and reveal captivating
biographical details about their composers.
The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green with W.
This one speaks for itself as does The Inner Game of
The Performer Prepares by Robert Caldwell
"When I helped musicians apply the techniques described
in this book to their performance approach, these performers
took command of the stage. They learned to commit one
hundred percent of themselves to their performances. And,
since our work together, they have continued to work as
successful performers. Now this book will help you do what
I helped them do."
A Soprano on Her Head by Eloise Ristad
"Ms. Ristad discusses the problems of nervousness
and/or nervous energy with a psychological understanding of
human behavior under stress, imaginative and original
psychological insight, and just plain good common sense.
The valuable solutions she suggests for the problems of
musical performance can be applied just as readily to the
vast gamut of physical and intellectual actions and
reactions any individual is confronted with in daily living.
" - Samuel Sanders, concert pianist, professor, Juilliard
School of Music.