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  1. Best Practice: Inspiration and Ideas for Traditional Musicians Practical Advice for Adult, Self-Taught Musicians Available from Amazon, in Paperback ($19.99) and Kindle ($9.99) and through direct order Free Shipping for U.S. direct orders via Media Mail "Practicing" is a Practice Turn practicing into a joyful activity you engage in for its own sake. Work Efficiently, Progress Faster Practice more effectively, using the advice of great teachers and scientific learning. Become Your Own, Best Teacher Identify the traits of the best teachers, and use them to teach yourself. Integrate Mind and Body Learn practical methods that will help you play with ease and fluency. Start with an Intention Begin each day’s practice with a concept to help you stay focused and positive. Play More Musically Learn to make your playing more musical, engaging, and listenable. A Chapter for Every Day You Practice 197 self-contained chapters each offer a single idea or technique. Read one whenever you practice, or once a week, or whenever you want. Read them in order, or pick one that looks interesting. Musicians' Praise for Best Practice "This is a fabulous book! Judy makes us want to apply her methods, often right after reading a sentence. The bonus is that the tools she gives us for practicing music can really apply to myriad areas of our lives. This is the kind of book I imagine every musician will enjoy." Liz Carroll "Filled to the brim with practical insights, solid advice and wisdom that will benefit all traditional musicians, regardless of instrument, style, genre or skill level. There are vast wells of information in these pages that you can dip a toe, swim or dive deeply into. This is a rich and finely wrought work and I highly recommend it." Happy Traum "A very lively, entertaining and friendly book which I'm sure will be a boon to players everywhere. Contains a wealth of exceptionally useful advice for musicians of any level." Kevin Burke "A wealth of ideas and tools for making progress as a musician, all presented - in keeping with the book's own advice - in small, clear, achievable steps." Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers, founding editor, Acoustic Guitar magazine, author, The Complete Singer-Songwriter "A veritable bible of a practice guide. Players of all levels and all styles will benefit from reading this very well thought out, very thorough and accessible approach." Natalie Haas "A highly organized, empowering approach to the practice of practice." Shannon Heaton "As a resource for any musician who wants to improve on their own, this book has it covered. A treasure trove of ideas in a concise and easy-to-access format." David Leonhardt, renowned jazz pianist "Having this guidebook is a godsend. I highly recommend it for all musicians, regardless of instrument, level or genre." Mary Flower, award-winning guitarist Buy direct: wwww.judyminot.com/bestpractice [free shipping on U.S. orders] or order through Amazon
  2. Did a forum search and didn't find much, presumably because their isn't much, but...is there a modern Hayden duet method book, tutor, or primer?
  3. This topic can be closed, not searching for it anymore...But I can't delete this thread
  4. I was wondering if anyone could offer an in depth review of Alistair Anderson’s tutorial DVD? There’s been some discussion on these forums but I’ve only found one person who had actually watched it once and said they expected to learn a lot from it. I’ve just purchased my first EC, (Lachenal New Model). I’m a fiddle player with loads of Trad, New England Contra Tunes in my head. I don’t need a tutor for learning to read music, nor do I need a book of tunes. What I need is to figure out how to get the tunes out of the instrument! I’m becoming familiar with the fingerboard and can play jigs and reels although certainly not at tempo. I’m ready to start adding a few chords to waltzes and do understand chord construction so it will just be a matter of choosing my voice and learning to control multiple fingers at once. I’ve scoured these forums and picked up a lot of tips. I’ve downloaded the Butler and Anderson tutors. I’ve worked through the Butler book until the point where it focuses on keys that I never use. I’ve yet to work with the Anderson book but did buy the companion CD and look forward to using them together. I’ve watched all of Martyn’s videos. Would anyone suggest the Anderson DVD or "Contemplating the Concertina" by Allan Atlas as my next best step in exploring this instrument? Thanks for any suggestions and all that I’ve already gained from the forums. Marlene
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