I am starting a new feature, Links That Make Me Think, which will simply be a collection of things from around the web that I find thought provoking. Please feel free to contact me with anything you find (or wrote!) that you feel I might find interesting. You can contact me through my Facebook page, via Twitter, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here's the first set of links: -----
Seth Godin, as usual, nail it with one of his recent blog posts titled "Framers and Polishers". In about 100 words he shows why I would argue you should not necessarily look for people with similar skill sets when forming a chamber ensemble or any other kind of musical venture.
Here's a great article by Dr. Noa Kageyama (from the Bulletproof Musician) where he discusses the benefits of taking "creative pauses" and how they can help you in the practice room: "How to Reduce Practice Room Angst (and Boost Creativity)".
Gerald Klickstein of The Musician's Way discusses what he calls "The Peak-Performance Myth". He talks about how thorough preparation helps you to overcome and adapt to the varied internal and external situations that are encountered during a performance.
My jazz piano playing friend Ron Davis found a gold mine of piano videos on YouTube. If you need some inspiration in the practice room, chances are one of these 150 videos of the greatest pianists throughout history can provide you with some!
If you use social media to promote yourself or your ensemble (and if you aren't what are you waiting for?), this article by fellow Phish fan Jon Ostrow from CyberPR gives some great insights into the six biggest platforms: Five Facts About Your Favorite Social Media Platform [Part 1].
Finally, Joe Guarr (who runs weekly music ed chats on Twitter using the hashtag #musedchat) spotted a website that enables you to upload a score and it will auto-generate parts! This seems like science fiction to me. What a great resource for music educators!