You are Your Instrument: The Definitive Musician's Guide to Practice and Performance

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Backbeat Books, 1991 - Music - 152 pages
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(Fretted). This unique guide helps all musicians: open up new avenues of expression through a pain-free, healthy, fluid approach to music-making; overcome performance anxiety, general tension, and muscular injury; and increase learning skills and facilitate more effective motor coordination. "This is a highly recommended book to read for the musician who needs information about maximizing one's full potential as an artist. This book is practical in that it covers all aspects of musicianship, ranging from the mental preparations involved in performance to the actual bodily care needed to prevent long-term injuries." BOOK REVIEW
 

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Contents

Listening with the Musicians
Breathing
My Name is Effort
The Conditional Practice Session
Visualization and the Imagistic Mind
The Mechanics of Breathing
Natural Biofeedback
Signs ofInjury
The Jaw and Lips
Constructive Rest
Other Musical Matters
Warming
Tempo Tempo
Environmental Hazards
The Function of Exercise Water and Nutrition
Muscle Balance Glossary

Early Conditioning
Hands and Arms
The Lower Torso
Hula Hoops
Pressure Points
Directory of Healing Modalities

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About the author (1991)

Julie Lyonn Lieberman is an improvisational violinist, singer, composer, educator, recording artist, and producer. She is the author of The Contemporary Violinist, Improvising Violin, Rockin' Out with Blues Fiddle, You Are Your Instrument, and Planet Musician. Formerly a member of the faculties at Julliard, New York University, and the New School University's jazz program, she now teaches privately. She has performed on and off Broadway and is the creator of seven programs for National Public Radio on jazz violin. She lives in New York City and Newtown, Connecticut.

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