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Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within (Book + CD set) Paperback – January 9, 1996
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The book starts out with one basic premise: you are an aspiring, practicing musician, looking to "break through" to higher grounds of playing. Many people are at this stage, but have a fear of unfamiliar musical territory. The bulk of this book is dedicated to removing this fear.
Werner's approach to doing so is by breaking down negative programming that's been beaten into aspiring musicians worldwide throughout their music careers. Some have a fear that's instilled by their teachers, who constantly tell them they're not good enough, not perfect enough, not smooth enough. Others have this fear imbued by "great" musicians - those who seem to push the boundaries and perform inhuman feats on their instrument. According to Mr. Werner, all this negative programming eventually becomes an insurmountable barrier for advancement - unless it is reversed and positive programming is imposed on the musician. Who will impose this programming? Most likely, it will be the musician himself.
Again, the basic premise comes into play: you must work on your technique, learn new music, and address your weaknesses. That is a given, and there is no way around it. However, you must also have a positive outlook while doing so - otherwise all the imperfections you've ironed out during practice will come back to haunt you in performance.
Some of the initial chapters reveal in great depth Mr. Werner's personal experience.Read more ›
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Fantastic book! The things he talks about apply to everyone in any field of endeavor!Published 2 months ago by R. Sagner
Unless you are a very fearful person, this book is irrelevant.Published 2 months ago by Jon R Esler
Recommended to me by one of the top studio guitarists in Los Angeles, I found it to be very helpful in playing music from a deeper truer place.Published 2 months ago by Kent Rathbun
Haven't finished reading it but it helped relieve a lot of my anxiety as a musician (or a human that does stuff) almost immediately. Read morePublished 3 months ago by William Sederholm
A way out of your own habits into a realm of possibilities
This book can change your life as a musician, and as a non-musician.Published 3 months ago by Jan van Wessel
Essential map for discovering mastery and reconnecting with our soul. Inspiring and an answer to the longing for embracing life from the heart. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eduardo Parra