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THE PERFECT WRONG NOTE:
LEARNING TO TRUST YOUR MUSICAL SELF

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Acknowledgements
Preface

1) Music, Magic, And Childhood
The effect of lessons. Toddlers, Martians, and Einstein.
Musicality, Creativity and Cognition. A Precious Resource.

2) Vitality
Judgments and Competition. Which Skills? Lessons and Traditions.
Vitality in the Practice Room.

3) Juicy Mistakes
Two Types of Mistakes. Mistakes as Teachers. Suppression and Denial.
Chaos. Mindfulness.

4) Step By Step: A Guide to Healthy Practicing
What is Healthy Practicing? Commentary on the Steps.
To sum up. “FAQ” (Frequently Asked Questions) about Practicing.

5) Breakthroughs
Spatial Relationships. Hidden Truths. Alike but different. Physiology.
Negative Space. Artistry.

6) Is It Good To Be A “Good Student”?
The Good Student Syndrome. The Good Student in the Music Studio.
Sight-Reading and its Dangers.

7) Out Of Control: The Drama Of Performing
The Ego in Crisis. Nerves. Expansiveness.

8) Lessons and Un-lessons
Turn the Project Upside Down. Remove the Goal.
Try the (Seemingly) Impossible. Brainstorm the Possibilities.
Be a Student Yourself. What is a Lesson Anyway?

9) The “Un-Master Class”: Rethinking A Tradition
The Master Class. “The Artist Within” – a Workshop and its Legacy.
The “Un-Master Class.”

10) Adventurous Amateurs
Advantages of Maturity. Grown-Up Practicing.
Other Musical Pleasures.

11) Beyond The Music Room
Alchemy. A New Kind of Information.

Postscript: A Word to Health Professionals
Resources
Notes
Bibliography
Index