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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (February 21, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385231261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385231268
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By the best-selling co-author of Inner Tennis, here's a book designed to help musicians overcome obstacles, help improve concentration, and reduce nervousness, allowing them to reach new levels of performing excellence and musical artistry.

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By the best-selling co-author of Inner Tennis, here's a book designed to help  musicians overcome obstacles, help improve  concentration, and reduce nervousness, allowing them to  reach new levels of performing excellence and  musical artistry.

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I found the content easy to absorb, understand and apply immediately.
Ted Buffington (tbuff@bayley.com)
I would highly recommend this book to any musician, regardless of experience.
songbird
I had read Inner Game of Tennis, which had helped with my music already.
Cesar Braga

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119 of 125 people found the following review helpful By L. Ku on July 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Former principal bassist of the Cincinnati Symphony, Barry Green has created what has to be one of the most important books on musical psychology ever written. As a young clarinetist myself, I've found this read to help me change from one who frets over my auditions and solos to becoming a confident musician in front of others.
Green begins by discussing what makes up a good performance. He invented the formula P = p - i, where P is the level of the performance, p is the potential of the performer, and i is the level of mental interference during the performance. He explains how to decrease the amount of i in order to bring the level of P as close as possible to p.
Green then digs further into his ideas by introducing to two "selves". Quoted, "Self 1 is our interference. It contains our concepts about how things should be, our judgments and associations. It is particularly fond of the words 'should' and 'should not' and often sees things in terms of what 'could have been. Self 2 is the vast reservoir of potential within each one of us. It contains our natural talents and abilities, and is a virtually unlimited resource that we can tap and develope. Left to its own devices it performs with gracefulness and ease." Green goes own to give advice and excercises on how to ignore the interference of self 1 during performance and how to let self 2 work uninterupted.
Over the next chapters, Green goes into more technical and complicated details, while teaching us the powers of awareness, will, and trust. These three chapters are loaded with useful excercises, and most of them have the least do with music, at least directly. But they all tie in somewhere.
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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Schoening on December 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend. He thought it would improve my guitar playing. What I noticed almost immediately, within the excercizes is actually a methodolgy for dealing with attention deficit disorder! I have had ADD since before there was a diagnosis for it and the methods in this book are not only helping me with music but are also having a profound affect on other areas of my life. I don't think it was the author's intent to help in this regard, but this "inner game" method has far reaching implications....Thank you!!!...
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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful By CharIes Mingus@aol.com on April 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The book's themes are universal and can be applied to anyone at any stage of musical development. The book helps you to focus more on making music and connecting emotionally with it. It also allows you to eliminate those internal demons which plague people's abilities. You can put the book's methods into practice almost immediately and at the same time spend a lifetime studying and absorbing the techniques at your own pace. Be prepared to abandon conventional methods of learning and really tap into your full potential.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Using Timothy Gallwey's "Inner Game" techniques, Barry Green has provided here an excellent resource for musicians who feel that they practice adequately, but still lack a "certain something" in their music. Mr. Green leads the reader through a series of examples and techniques that combat nervousness, a lack of emotion, and many other problems that most musicians face. Although I am a rather well versed saxophonist, I tended to get nervous before many of my performances and auditions, and the techniques of the "Inner Game" have helped me to combat that. My practice time is now more effective, and my performances are better because of this book. Some may feel that the only shorcoming in this book is that Green discusses too many varying techniques, but in actuality they are all similar in philosophy and practice, and they all lead the performer to greater chances of success.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Tritica on February 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I've read this book twice now, and while I've gotten useful tips out of it, it really does read like a book report of the Inner Game of Tennis, frequently using phrases like 'Gallwey refers to...' and 'Gallwey says'. So I read the Inner Game of Tennis and found that I could have garnered much the same insights from this book without the added and sometimes confusing editorializing by Mr. Green. (And some of Green's additions just complicate things by giving your 'self 1' additional ammunition that it may not have thought of yet.)
All in all a useful book, but to do it over again, I'd skip it and go straight to the Inner Game of Tennis.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By R. R. Costas Jr. on December 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I literally read the Inner Game of Tennis right before I read this book. I was fascinated and felt it had immediate effects on my playing. I thought it'd be an appropriate Christmas gift for my drum teacher who, without knowing it, uses a similar approach and had never heard of the book. While looking for it on Amazon, I noticed they had The Inner Game of Music and, after reading some of the glowing reviews, I decided to buy that one instead as it seemed more relevant. I bought a copy for me and my teacher. After reading most of it, I ordered the Tennis one for my teacher as his gift. I just thought the Tennis one's concepts are better explained and more sensical in a way that can be applied to any discipline, including music. Clearly Mr. Green is a string-instrument player (bass) and tends to play mostly in a classical setting and I think the book will have special appeal to similar musicians. I play a few instruments, but drums are my main instrument and I just didn't see much to help me there that I didn't get from the Tennis version in a more effective manner. In particular, I need to work on my improvisation skills and I thought this book would especially help me in that regard. It didn't. The Improvisation chapter is one of the last, and one of the weakest in my opinion. This book is heavy on examples and exercises that I find difficult to get a benefit from as an adult. I'm pretty well-rounded and educated in my musical tastes and experiences and the information on why people enjoy or don't enjoy some or all music seemed a little elementary and little-related to what I think the "Inner Game" franchise is about.
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