The Inner Game of Music

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Pan Books, 1987 - Music - 248 pages
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The battle that many musicians, of whatever level, have to face is an inner one - against nervousness, self-doubt and fear of failure. In this highly successful book, first published by Pan in 1987, musician Barry Green explains the basic principles of 'natural learning' that make up the Inner Game methodology, and shows how to apply them to reach a new level in the learning and performing of music. With special features on ensemble playing, improvisation and listening skills, and with exercises that help intonation, artistic phrasing and technique, The Inner Game of Music is invaluable to performers, students, teachers and anyone with an interest in music.

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I was not impressed with this book as a vocalist. The 1986 version (I don't know if it has been updated) was riddled with a few large errors that made some examples not worthwhile. About the only section that I found helpful was the chapter entitled Parent and Coach. It gave good advice on how to use this technique with a student battling performance anxiety and/or struggling with particular sections of music. I am not a professional in the music field (currently finishing a bachelor's in the subject) but I felt like the subject material was geared more toward the amateur instrumentalist. As a vocalist I felt like much of the subject matter was only taken from an instrumentalist perspective which is totally fine, but perhaps the Author tried to reach too broad an audience.  

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An inspirational book that helps musicians get in touch with their inner, creative selves. A worthwhile read. Read full review

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About the author (1987)

Barry Green, a native Californian, served as Principal Bassist of the Cincinnati Symphony for twenty-eight years. As former Executive Director of the International Society of Bassists, he is currently directing a young bassist programme for the San Francisco Symphony Education Department, teaches privately at Stanley Intermediate in Lafayette and at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has organised the Northern California Bass Club.Principal Bassist with the California Symphony and the Sun Valley Idaho Summer Symphony and active as a bass soloist and teacher, Green has been performing for young audiences in schools in the Bay Area as well as bass workshops and in concerts on tour. He has studied with the legendary bassist Francois Rabbath and wrote The Popular Bass method in three volumes in collaboration with the Bay Area jazz bassist Jeff Neighbor.The Inner Game of Music has sold over 200,000 copies worldwide. Barry Green has also written seven Inner Game of Music Workbooks published by GIA Music for keyboard, voice, instrument and ensembles. His seminars, workshops and personal appearances sometimes include a unique lecture/concert called 'Journey into the Mind and Soul of the Musician' that demonstrates concepts in his The Inner Game of Music and The Mastery of Music, also published by Macmillan.

W. Timothy Gallwey has been called the catalyst for the era of sports psychology. Since the publication of Inner Game books on tennis,
golf, and skiing, " inner skills are considered to be as important as technical skills by athletes and coaches. Gallwey is now a sought-after
speaker and seminar designer. He lives in Agoura Hills, California.
Dr. Robert Kriegel, a former all-American athlete, has coached both Olympic and professional athletes. The New York Times said his work " spurred a revolution in performance practices.    He is now a commentator on ESPN for the U.S. Professional Ski Team and on National Public Radio's Marketplace program and has recently done two specials for PBS.

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