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Your Network Is Your Career

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If you're still in school or just stepping into the real world, this article is for you. I hope that my experiences and observations will help you make the decisions that are right for you to…

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What does it mean to be a musician today?

A lot of people go into the music industry anticipating that they're going to make it big.

They have a dream, and they're willing to risk it all to pursue that dream. But in reality, people only see around…

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Performing Under Strange Conditions

Just a few days ago I had the opportunity to play for a Chinese American cultural exchange. My colleague who was flying out of the country couldn’t make the performance and was asked to sub for her. 

The gig…

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Practice Efficiency

All of us live in a 24/7 society now. Sometimes it's difficult to find the time to sleep!

But despite the crazy schedule I have, I'm all about getting results in a timely manner. By creating an efficient practice regimen, I believe you can achieve your technique goals. 

What are the things you should consider for quicker results? Here's a quick list:

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Working with Performance Anxiety

Have you ever felt that you couldn't play to your full potential during a performance?

You did a wrong bowing during an orchestra concert or you played a wrong note. Then you hit another wrong note. It throws you off. All these little mistakes slowly get into your head and when they add up, your brains shuts down on you. 

You know what I do when I perform my first mistake? I celebrate it!

"Wtf Eric, don't you want to play everything perfect?"

Of course I do. But that's not the point. I celebrate the first mistake because I got it out of the way! I can finally relax and focus on the music in front of me. I know for myself that I actually focus better after that mistake's been made. The moment you start fighting against your body's natural reaction is when you won't play your best. I've experienced that more than a handful of times and I'm sure I can speak for some of my colleagues out there. 

But,  there are times where are so many things happening in your life that the stress overwhelms you which can harm your performance. If you're one of those people, then this blog post is for you and to overcome performance anxiety.

Fight Or Flight Response

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Manifesting in the things you want most

I'm dedicating this post to my sister, for giving me exposure to new ideas and always encouraging me to think outside the box to form new concepts and expand on my ideas. 

I just flew back to Boston from…

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Flying with your instrument

It’s difficult for musicians to travel with their instruments on major US airlines. How do you go about it? Here’s a list that will help you plan for your next tour or gig when flying: 

Before booking your ticket…

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Artists Are Society's Leaders

Musicians and artists are society's leaders because they're able to show what's going on in the world.  The events that we've been going through in recent months feels like we may be losing all hope around us. But, with the…

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Looking at the bigger picture

There are times when I'll be having a bad day and am in bit of  funk...

Vibrato is inconsistent, intonation is suffering, the whole 9 yards..! 

The reality is that those days are going to happen.  You're going…

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Taking Risks In Music

We're taught at an early age to make everything perfect in the practice room; every single articulation, every fingering you write in your sheet music, etc. I can tell you that this is something I think about often and it…

What's on my music stand?

Recently I've been caught up in a lot of projects. I want keep you all in the loop and what I've been working on.
 
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Classical music continues to keep its relevance

You've probably heard it before, "classical music is dying". 

I respectfully disagree. 

Classical music has thrived in the past decade and continues to thrive thanks to the perks of living in the 21st century. Having access to music is no…