I really wanted to like meditation. I’m the demographic that’s supposed to like it, since I’m generally a sucker for the things that go with it, including avocados, wind chimes, and motivational TED talks. But when I downloaded a meditation app on my phone, I realized that it wasn’t going to work for me.Continue reading “The restless cellist’s meditation”
Month: October 2018
(Out of) Control: Reframing Performance and Anxiety
By Miranda Wilson
You probably know Reinhold Niebuhr’s “Serenity Prayer.”
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.”
Even if you aren’t religious, it’s good advice for performers. I think about it when I’m helping students prepare for a performance.
The thing is, in performance, it’s not about the things you can change, it’s about the things you can control.Continue reading “(Out of) Control: Reframing Performance and Anxiety”
You’re already doing it.
Four years ago, when I was struggling to finish my book, Cello Practice, Cello Performance, I hit a wall. There was so much to do! I had to typeset hundreds of musical figures, get all my citations right with the style guide, compose the index, and so on. It seemed utterly overwhelming.Continue reading “You’re already doing it.”