The Inner Game of Music, the breakout hit that became a standard primer in the music world, has taught thousands of musicians—professionals and amateurs alike—how to overcome self-consciousness and stage fright and to recapture a youthful, almost effortless capacity to learn. Now, in his follow-up book, The Mastery of Music, Barry Green turns his expert hand to the artistiThe Inner Game of Music, the breakout hit that became a standard primer in the music world, has taught thousands of musicians—professionals and amateurs alike—how to overcome self-consciousness and stage fright and to recapture a youthful, almost effortless capacity to learn. Now, in his follow-up book, The Mastery of Music, Barry Green turns his expert hand to the artistic qualities that make an extraordinary musician. Culling advice from dozens of interviews with legends including Joshua Bell, Dave Brubeck, Jeffrey Kahane, Bobby McFerrin, Christopher Parkening, Doc Severinsen, Frederica von Stade, the Harlem Boys Choir, and the Turtle Island String Quartet, he reveals that it’s not enough to have a cerebral and emotional connection to the notes. Green hows how musical excellence, exhibited by true virtuosos, requires a mastery of ten unique qualities of the soul and the human spirit, such as confidence, passion, discipline, creativity, and relaxed concentration, and he discusses specific ways in which all musicians, composers, and conductors can take their skills to higher levels. He carefully incorporates all instruments and techniques in his rejuvenating discussions, inspiring the stifled student to have fun again and the over-rehearsed performer to rediscover the joy of passionate expression. Essential reading for every musician, The Mastery of Music strikes a beautiful new chord....
|Title||:||The Mastery of Music: Ten Pathways to True Artistry|
|Number of Pages||:||304 Pages|
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The Mastery of Music: Ten Pathways to True Artistry Reviews
One of the more inspiring books on music and artistry that I've read. I will be rereading this one periodically. It is changing my whole approach to practicing. Must now go back and read The Inner Game of Music.
A reread from several years ago. Nothing really earth-shattering in content, although I did enjoy reading it. I think it would be a great book study with students.
My Review: The Mastery of Music is a fantastic book for musicians. As a companion to The Inner Game of Music, it is a guide very helpful to all musicians, from singers to string players, to composers. I liked how there were different chapters for each musical family. Although they were relative to any musician, they were fun to read and would include interviews from musicians who specialized in those specific instruments. Here are the titles of the chapters: Prelude by Mark Stryker Overture: Ten Pathways to True Artistry 1. Communication: The Silent Rhythm Duos, Chamber Ensembles, Popular Combos, and Conductors 2. Courage: Choosing the High Road French Horn and Percussion 3. Discipline: The Way of Will Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon 4. Fun: The Joy of Music Trombone, Tuba, and Double Bass 5. Passion: The Power of Love Cello 6. Tolerance: The View from the Middle Violas and Management/Musicians 7. Concentration: The Spirit of the Zone Solo Instruments: Violin, Piano, Classical Guitar, and Harp 8. Confidence: From Bravura to Integrity Trumpet 9. Ego and Humility: From Fame to Artistry Opera, Jazz, and Theater Singers 10. Creativity: The Journey into the Soul Composers and Improvising Musicians Finale: Inspirations for Staying on the Path Teachers, Choirs, Adversity Coda: Acknowledgments and Thanks The book dealt with many interesting topics, as you can see in the titles above. Along with the interviews and general talking of the topic, there were also fantastic stories told. Such as, humorous Bass sections, and the story of The Three Tenors. It was entertaining as well as knowledgeable. Through stories of experience and also great advice, a musician can really get some wonderful ideas to apply to their music playing. The ten pathways in The Mastery of Music are very inspiring and helpful. It is a resourceful book that every musician, along with The Inner Game of Music, should read! I was deeply inspired and found that when I applied and tried some things out, it could really help my personal confidence while playing, and also make a big difference in the music I was making. I recommend this book for all ages. It is very clean. It may have a swear word or two, but in general it is clean.
What makes this book fun is Barry Green's insistence that a musician's choice of primary instrument ultimately reflects his or her personality, and the different virtues necessary for musical mastery can be glimpsed in conversations with different musicians.It was instructive to hear how masters of different instruments cultivate attributes like joy, discipline, passion, and communication. On the other hand, the chapter on "tolerance" reads like politically correct treacle (short version: when you play with an ensemble, do not insist on always getting your own way). PC also rears its comical head whenever Green's interview subjects credit God for inspiration, as at least two of them do. In those cases, Green quotes them, but switches abruptly to mention of a less-controversial "higher power" or "Spirit of Music" when summarizing their remarks. Personally, I was not the least bit offended to learn that classical guitar virtuoso Christopher Parkening seems well-versed in Christian scriptures and the practice of intercessory prayer.Green sometimes succumbs to name dropping, which is admittedly a hard temptation to avoid in a book of this kind. After awhile, I was numb to the fact that he talked with luminaries as diverse as Frederica ("Flicka") von Stade (legendary mezzo-soprano) and jazz trumpeter Clark Terry. Green is "connnected" -- we get that. How nice for him.Don't let Green's recurring (and sometimes annoying) patois about the "inner game" fool you. There are no "secrets" in this book. Musical mastery has to do with aptitude, it seems, but also and importantly with attitude, discipline, and personal integrity. Caveats aside, however, Green and his subjects say some good things, and the book is worth reading as a reminder to stay the musical course if you feel called to that.
The best book I've read thus far on understanding the principles that form music & that allow those who stay the course with passion & devotion to master being a musician...I'm recommending this to all those I play music with :) I gained incalculably from the perspectives offered in this book & I'm sure to revisit it in later years to refresh my understanding of its wisdom - the road goes ever on :)
At times, it seemed like a 300 page advertisement for The Inner Game of Music. At other times, it seemed like he was saying things that were so blatantly obvious, they had no place in a book. At other times, it seemed like he was repeating himself ad nauseum. Having said all this, it's still a good book and all musicians should probably read it.
Loved it. Felt inspired not just for music but life and how to live it. Can see myself reaching for the book from time to time to re-read certain chapters.
Absolutely loved this book. It's a wealth of knowledge and insight, and I found myself wanting to highlight entire pages at times. Highly recommend, definitely my top book of the year.
Insightful & interesting, took a while to get into.
I learned a lot! I got really tired of his New Age ideas being littered across the page...so I didn't read it all.