Today we'll discuss five books I think every aspiring musician needs to read..
Last weekend our local library had one of their semi-annual book sales. This is an event which is near and dear to my heart as it involves two of my passions: books and bargains.
The library off-loads surplus inventory three times a year during these sales by offering books, which are often in excellent condition, for $7.50 for a grocery bag full of books. Yes, as many books as you can fit into a large paper bag! Weeks-worth of learning and/or entertainment for the price of a burger and fries. If that's not a good enough bargain for you, on the final day of the sale it's just $5 per bag!
This got me thinking about the books I've found most useful over the last few years. None of them is specific to music, but are more general to improving some aspect of your life. Take a look and let me know what you think.
Mindset by Carol Dweck
Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? People with a growth midset are much more likely to succeed and to be happy.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Transform your life by developing better habits. It's often our habits which hold us back from getting closer to our potential. So why not implement new habits which help us instead of hinder us?
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
Develop your talents and optimize your performance. I'll let you in on the secret of the book; talent isn't the most important thing when learning a skill-based task (like a musical instrument).
The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
I got so much out of this book that I bought the print and ebook editions. Ready to take productivity to the next level? Find the one thing that by doing it you can make everything else easier or unnecessary.
Performance Success by Don Greene
This book is harder to find the the others on this list. However, I'm not exaggerating when I say that it has revolutionized the way I approach preparation for performances.
Thank you for reading!
Jeremy is Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at West Texas A&M University.