Beta blockers are used to help the physical response to anxiety. However, they do not help the psychological or emotional response, i.e. your concentration, confidence, doubts, fears, racing thoughts, etc. and may even cause negative side effects. Here is a list of natural supplements to try as an alternative to beta blockers.
The age at which you should begin learning an instrument varies from student to student. Here are some factors to consider when deciding if it's the right time to begin taking lessons.
We've all had those days where we spend hours in the practice room but don't get anything done. Here are some simple tips and tricks to make a tough practice session more productive.
At some point in your career as a cellist, you will probably find yourself needing to travel across the country or internationally with your instrument. Cellos are a unique problem because they are too big to be taken as a carry on, and too fragile to be checked with the rest of the luggage. Here are some instructions for how to successfully travel with your cello.
The school you attend has a huge impact on your life and career, so deciding where to apply can be a stressful and daunting task. Furthermore, musicians must go through the unique experience of auditioning for schools by either a recording or live audition in front of a panel. This can be an expensive and grueling process, so it is important to consider these critical details before deciding where to apply.
Keeping a practice journal can be a helpful tool to structure and analyze your practice sessions. There is no such thing as the "right" way to keep a practice journal. The trick is to find a method that works for you that you can stick to consistently. Here are some ideas for what to include in your practice journal to help get you started!
The best food to eat on the day of a performance varies from person to person. For one musician, eating a banana might be the best option; for another, performing on an empty stomach might work better. The key is to keep track of what you eat, when you eat, and how much you eat, in order to know how it affects your body and energy level during a performance. Through trial and error, you will learn what works best for you. This is a list of foods I recommend to try eating before a performance to help you get started!
As musicians, we have to carry around our instruments, music scores, and loads of other gadgets. It can be much more convenient to have some of these items readily available on your iPhone or iPad. This is a list of helpful iOS apps for professional musicians, music students, and teachers.
Whether you're scouting a birthday or Christmas gift for the string player in your life or just looking to treat yourself, this list is full of gift inspirations that any string player will love!
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