What books have you read that have improved your musicianship?

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    mccall-williams on #145517

    The May/June 2012 Harp Column talked about ideas and books that help you ‘get out of your head’ in the Learning Curve section. Among their recommendations they suggested The Inner Game of Music. I started that, but due to reviews on Amazon ended up going with The Inner Game of Tennis and found it interesting.

    This thread isn’t necessarily about dealing with the topic of getting out of your head. Just wondering if there are any books you read and recommend?

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    sherry-lenox on #145518

    That’s interesting. I had a similar experience with the reviews, so I haven’t read the book yet.

    I think “The Art of Practicing” has an interesting perspective. Definitely something I had not considered before reading it. I don’t recall anything specifically about harp, but I think the concepts are pretty solid.

    I just bought “Affairs of the Harp” by Samuel Pratt and it is only about harps but contains points that can be generalized to the broader topic of musicianship, I think.

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    rosalind-beck on #145519

    I enthusiastically recommend these two books that should be in every musician’s library:

    Practiceopedia by Philip Johnston (http://www.insidemusicteaching.com/bookstore/practiceopedia/index.html)

    The Musician’s Way by Gerald Klickstein, available at Amazon in paperback and for Kindle

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    elinor-niemisto on #145520

    I second the recommendation of Practicepoedia! Fun to use and full of very useful ideas for short term fixes and long term planning.

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    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #145521

    The Harvard Dictionary of Music.

    Books about the music of great composers, especially ones that describe each piece.

    Biographies of composers and performers.

    Just read and listen a lot.

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    Angela Biggs on #145522

    (As an aside, I’ve been looking for my next music-focused reading. This was very helpful! Thanks everyone! 😀 )

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    Briggsie B. Peawiggle on #145523

    A Soprano On Her Head

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    Jerusha Amado on #145524

    I second Rosalind’s suggestion of “The Musician’s Way”!

    Jerusha

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    stan-guy on #145525

    A great book for anyone interested in music is “A Romance on Three Legs”.

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