How do I recover my motivation? [PSP20]

The creative lifestyle has many ups and downs-it’s anything but typical. After a big recital, an audition, or completion of any big project, we usually need some time to rest from the insanity that the performance created. But what happens next, is what we’re interested in for this episode. How do we recover from the down time, and get back to work.

Some thought provoking conversation coming up…the battle between motivation and discipline, the force of Resistance, and tuning out or maybe giving into the call of Netflix (that beautiful song of the siren)

Growing the Musician, Technician, and Person [PSP19]

Well, Happy New Year to you. Today we’re talking a little bit about our favorite things from 2016, and also how to make the most of 2017. And we know there are a lot of podcasts out there, and other programs, all vying for your attention. So thank you for checking us out, and spending part of your day, hanging out with us.

And that’s largely why we started this podcast-because as classical music performers, we spend a lot of time by ourselves practicing, or in rehearsals. And when we’re hanging out, we usually want to keep things casual, and upbeat. And so when do we ever talk about things are really going, or the things that encourage and inspire us as creative professionals. We hope that this podcast can be that place for you.

“Ask us how we really feel about Jingle Bells” [PSP 18]

We started this podcast because being a classical musician is a difficult profession. David Oistrakh said the stage is one of the loneliest places on earth. I think what he was expressing was how few people understand the demands, sacrifice, and service that being a musician takes.

And during this time of year..this most wonderfully busy time of year, where it’s pretty normal to have 3 or 4 services a day, you most likely only have time to say hi and goodbye to the other musicians at your gig before racing out the door to get to the next one.

So we believe that sitting down and talking with other musicians can be incredibly encouraging and inspiring….most of the time. This might not be one of those times.

4 Auditions you can win (that have nothing to do with talent)

Beta-Blockers orchestra audition classical musicians

We Took Beta-Blockers, Here’s What Happened [PSP16]

Our episode today is mostly about immediate anxiety, or stage fright and some coping skills, including the ever controversial…Beta-Blockers.

We aren’t medical professionals, so always talk to your doctor first before trying them. However, we are dedicated to having authentic and transparent conversations about our experiences.
But drugs are not the only way to reduce the effects of being nervous, and we go into some of the other options to having a successful audition or performance.

Practicing vs. Improving [PSP 15]

Practicing is something we all wrestle with:
Getting started practicing
Having goals for practicing
Staying focused while practicing
Actually fixing things that are broken.

But it’s one of the most important aspects of become a better musician.

Let’s Get Political..or Not [PSP14]

With less than four weeks until the US heads to the polls to elect a new president. The podcast team is less than enthused about our options. So, we decided to pick some of our favorite musicians of all time who we would rather vote for (yes, we realize how ridiculous that sounds).
Also we kick things off with some other current events, unfortunately about the strikes and lockouts at major orchestras and what it means for us.
Also included are what politics in orchestra and quartet rehearsals look like at the local level. 

Summer’s Over: Getting Back to Work [PSP13]

It’s that time of year: Back to school & back to orchestra season. How do we navigate getting in touch with colleagues, dealing with the summer braggers, and setting our sights on the year to come. The per service podcast team discuss how to make the most out of this time of year, and some advice on how to start the year off right.

Practicing is a Four-Letter Word: SCAT