Image of glowing light bulb“Out of discipline comes freedom.”
–Vincent Cichowicz, trumpeter

Imagine that you’re about to practice, write, compose, or perform:

How do you transition from daily life into creative mode?

Here’s my concise ritual.

I clear my mind of what I’ve been doing as I put the computer to sleep. Off.

Next, I silence the phone. Off.

I center myself with some expansive breaths and arm circles, I think about my goals, and then I pick up my guitar and warm up with a sense of gratitude that I’m able to make music. ON!

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The Centered Performer
Getting Started
The Total Warm-Up

See pages 37-39 of The Musician’s Way for an inclusive warm-up procedure suited to both instrumentalists and singers.
The Musician's Way Book Cover

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