Pride & Practicing

Rachel Matthews
Inspiration, support & community for all who practice a musical instrument
Created 30 Mar 2021
  • What's theory good for?
    26 Sep 2021 • 12 min read • 1 1
    I haven’t written in a while. Is it the subliminal effects of having written last time about BLOCKS?? Or is it more that I’ve been traveling, engaged in a whirlwind of very different but equally rich ...
  • Addendum
    12 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    Dear subscribers, here is a modest addendum to our last featured practice tool post about BLOCKAGE: a few examples of ways blocking practice might be applied. The musical examples are quite mainstream...
    09 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Hi everyone! Does your practice ever feel BLOCKED? No, not that kind of blocked! The good kind, in which we come to hear and understand notes-in-relationship-with-other-notes. If you already have a go...
  • Taking stock
    03 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    Dear readers, I can’t decide which metaphor seems more apt: stocking the shelves, or POKER. Or, as you’ll see as we go, maybe gin rummy is a better fit…. It wouldn’t be the first time we mixed our met...
  • Technique, part 2
    27 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 2
    Hi everyone! We’re following up today on last week’s post about technique. Reading over it before I post, I see it is rather long, and has turned into a bit of a rant. I hope you don’t mind. Reader HM...
  • The T-word
    22 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    Let’s talk today about something Pride & Practicing hasn’t touched on yet. So far, we’ve contemplated what this is that we’re doing (this thing called practicing)… looked at perspectives and attitudes...
  • Back to basics, take 2
    17 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Dear readers, August is a good time to pack a practicing-lunch and head out to our favorite dreamy, dappled practicing-glen (you know, that one with a beautiful piano beckoning us at the edge of the w...
  • When routines break down
    12 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 2 1
    Dear readers, hello! The pace of these posts have slowed over the last month—and since the last two were for subscribers only (specific practice suggestions working with the ideas in the last public p...
  • The one-pot stew
    05 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read
    Hi, dear subscribers! A follow-up to the follow-up for What to practice, part 2…. Have you had a chance to digest all the courses in last week’s practicing meal? Here’s an outline of the one-pot stew ...
  • The multi-course feast
    27 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 2
    Hi again, dear subscribers! Last time, we were exploring the benefits of a varied, all-encompassing practice diet. What I offered to you, in my zeal to convince you of those many benefits, was definit...
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