7 Tips for Violinists Who Feel Discomfort While Playing

Question: I feel stiffness and discomfort when I play my violin. What can I do? I specialize in helping violinists discover more freedom and ease in the mind and body while practicing and performing, thereby reducing or eliminating pain, tension, … Continue reading

Practicing Don Juan with Alexander Technique and My Inner Critic!

I’ve been doing a lot of deep work with myself, my violin, and the Alexander Technique when I practice these days. I’m discovering anew that making real, fundamental change can be scary, because it means confronting the Unknown and experiencing … Continue reading

Stress-Free Practicing #3: Achieving Goals and “End-Gaining”

Food for Thought #3: “End-Gaining” There’s a concept in the Alexander Technique called “End-Gaining”. Simply put, end-gaining is when you’re too attached to the outcome and don’t pay enough attention to the steps required to get there. We all have … Continue reading

What’s an Intelligent Way to Improve a Musical Passage?

In case you missed “Jennifer’s 10-Day EASY Holiday Practice Challenge”, I thought I’d share some of the content from the emails here, including the daily “Food for Thought” ideas. This post is #2 in a series of blogposts highlighting all 10 days! Sign up … Continue reading

Stress-Free Practicing #1: What’s Your WHY?

In case you missed “Jennifer’s 10-Day EASY Holiday Practice Challenge”, I thought I’d share some of the content from the emails here, including the daily “Food for Thought” ideas. This post is the first in a series of blogposts highlighting all 10 days! … Continue reading

What Can a Musician/Artist Do When Uninspired?

I like the idea that came to me one day, that there are little “Doubt-Monsters” (DM) (see this post) that like to make us think negative thoughts and feel negative feelings that get in our way, preventing us from creating … Continue reading

Transforming My Negative Thoughts on Taking an Audition

I worked on the cadenza of the Tschaikovsky concerto today. The hardest thing about practicing for me these days is the idea that I only have a short amount of time to prepare for an audition at the end of … Continue reading

How Musicians Can Smile Through Stress…Even Though It FEELS LIKE HELL!!!

I haven’t written about this before, because it has seemed too personal. But being a musician…an artist…a human being……is PERSONAL. I have been striving for MANY years to integrate all aspects of my self, and that includes my work. Many people … Continue reading

No More High Heels For Me!!

I’m writing this during the intermission of a concert I’m playing with Apollo’s Fire, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, because I just experienced an interesting phenomenon with my shoes! I always recommend to my students NOT to wear high-heeled shoes, because … Continue reading