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9 Best Music Practice & Performance Strategy Books (2024)

Updated: Jan 25


 

Best Music Practice & Performance Strategy Books (2024)


 

As a professional guitarist with over 21 years of performance experience, I have read a LOT of books on how to improve practice and performance. Here are my 9 favorite practice and performance strategy books for 2024:


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Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel

Summary

Drawing on recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and other disciplines, the authors offer concrete techniques for becoming more productive learners. Speaking most urgently to students, teachers, trainers, and athletes, Make It Stick will appeal to all those interested in the challenge of lifelong learning and self-improvement. (Amazon)


Authors

Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel






 



Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

Summary

Peak distills three decades of myth-shattering research into a powerful learning strategy that is fundamentally different from the way people traditionally think about acquiring new abilities. Ericsson’s revolutionary methods will show you how to improve at almost any skill that matters to you. (Amazon)


Authors

Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool








 



Inner Game of Music by Barry Green and Timothy Gallwey

Summary

The authors of this excellent book give us exercises to improve the technical and psychological challenges of practice and performance.


Authors

Barry Green & Timothy Gallwey













 



The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills

Summary

Easy-to-use handbook of scientifically proven and field-tested methods to improve skills. The product of five years of reporting from the world’s greatest talent hotbeds and interviews with successful master coaches, it distills the daunting complexity of skill development into 52 clear, concise directives. This is an essential guide for anyone who ever asked, “How do I get better?” (Amazon)


Author

Daniel Coyle





 



The Mastery of Music: Ten Pathways to True Artistry by Barry Green

Summary

Green shows how musical excellence, exhibited by true virtuosos, requires a mastery of ten unique qualities of the soul and the human spirit, such as confidence, passion, discipline, creativity, and relaxed concentration, and he discusses specific ways in which all musicians, composers, and conductors can take their skills to higher levels. (Amazon)


Author

Barry Green






 



The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Summary

At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. As Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives. (Amazon)


Author

Charles Duhigg








 



Train Your Own Hero: Reach Peak Functioning in One Month or 21 Days by Dr. Don Greene, Ph.D.

Summary

Backed by inspiring stories, client anecdotes, and proven strategies, Train Your Own Hero is for anyone who wants to discover how to reach their peak level of functioning. Dr. Greene’s comprehensive and engaging 21-step process will help you achieve the real heights of your full capabilities in what you already do well. (Amazon)


Author

Don Greene, Ph.D.






 



Train Your Own Hero Journal by Don Greene, Ph.D.

Summary

Dr. Greene has trained countless performers to win major auditions, Olympic medals, and set world records. Through this journal -- meant to accompany the Train Your Own Hero book above -- he will train you on how to reach your best. (Amazon)


Author

Don Greene, Ph.D.







 



Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career by Scott Young (Author), James Clear (Foreword)

Summary

Ultralearning offers nine principles to master hard skills quickly. Whether the goal is to be fluent in a language, earn the equivalent of a college degree in a fraction of the time, or master multiple tools to build a product or business from the ground up, the principles in Ultralearning will guide you to success. (Amazon)


Author

Scott Young






 

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© 2024 Diego Alonso


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