I've heard of The Bulletproof Musician before but never really took much notice of it. Then it changed when I got a chance to see Noa Kageyama in person. He came down to Peabody to conduct a talk about the psychology of musicians, and of course about his methods - I was intrigued by this "bulletproof musician".
You can find everything you want to know about him or his work on his website, so I won't bore you with details. I am writing this because I sign up for his weekly newsletters (and you should too!) as they have been beneficial readings and methods to the way I practice and perform. In particular, this article sheds light on how we can actually practice better in the practice rooms. I'm not the world's best practicer or performer, but the insights in Noa's articles are extremely thought-provoking, and challenges us all to do things differently in the practice room in order for us to better more efficient with our time.
I think his articles are special because he incorporates scientific research and studies (that he himself researches) to substantiate his viewpoints and arguments. He gives you more reason to think of how and why to practice in a certain way. Of course, every one of us is wired differently - we play differently and we learn differently. His ideas and concepts are just but one of the ways we can go about making music.
Noa himself is an accomplished violinist, but his practice methods are not only applicable to that particular instrument family. I think everyone can benefit from learning from a different instrument family, how they practice, and take those concepts from there to develop and create your own ideas in your practice room.
As always, thanks for taking the time to read! Feel free to share this post or write a comment below telling me what you think.
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