Why do musicians find it unacceptable to take a break?

I experienced some pain in my left hand yesterday after working on some cello exercises and studies. It wasn't particularly severe, but I decided to stop playing and have the day off today. Although logical to some, this conscious decision to take a break is a relatively new concept for me and it is still …

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Dissociation- the scariest performance anxiety symptom?

My petrified 17 year-old self!! I have been through many periods of intense performance anxiety, and also periods when it hasn't been so intrusive. Similarly, episodes of disordered anxiety symptoms are common for me, as they are for a good many people- especially at present. As we move towards a space in which live performance …

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Quarantine is a good time to rethink our obsession with hours of practice

I'm under time pressure in quarantine. I have to use this new found space to prove just how much music means to me and to see how quickly I can achieve God-tier work status. How effectively am I using my day to prove that I want to succeed? This pressure has reminded me of the …

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