Why I Never Loved Practicing Music

A few months back I was sitting in the living room of my childhood home observing a scene that has become quite normal to me. My 5-year-old niece was pulling out her fiddle to join her aunts and uncles in playing Away In A Manger (it was a few weeks before Christmas). Five fiddles, a cello, a...

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When Imperfection is Better Than Perfection

“I took lessons as a kid but I can’t play anymore.” If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard that sentence then I, well, I guess nickels aren’t worth what they used to be. The point is, I’ve heard that sentence hundreds if not thousands of times. Over the last 15 years of my music career...

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When is the right time to learn an instrument?

I savor the moments when I’m able to step back from the flurry of day-to-day activities, take an objective look at my life, and see where I am and where I want to go. Though these moments seem few and far between, it really only takes one quality self-evaluation to realign my trajectory and start...

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How To Tell If You’ve Learned Too Much

Can you really learn too much about music or, well, anything? Probably not. All I know is that I have been very guilty numerous times in my life of over-learning and under-doing. If you are anything like me than you love reading about new concepts, hearing about revolutionary breakthroughs,...

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