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The Mastery of Music: Ten Pathways to True Artistry

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The Inner Game of Music, the breakout hit that became a standard primer in the music world, has taught thousands of musicians—professionals and amateurs alike—how to overcome self-consciousness and stage fright and to recapture a youthful, almost effortless capacity to learn. Now, in his follow-up book, The Mastery of Music, Barry Green turns his expert hand to the artisti ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 19th 2008 by Broadway (first published June 6th 2003)
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Cheryl
Dec 21, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the more inspiring books on music and artistry that I've read. I will be rereading this one periodically. It is changing my whole approach to practicing. Must now go back and read The Inner Game of Music.
Jacqueline
Aug 11, 2011 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:
The Mastery of Music is a fantastic book for musicians. As a companion to The Inner Game of Music, it is a guide very helpful to all musicians, from singers to string players, to composers. I liked how there were different chapters for each musical family. Although they were relative to any musician, they were fun to read and would include interviews from musicians who specialized in those specific instruments.

Here are the titles of the chapters:

Prelude by Mark Stryker
Overture: Ten
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Patrick
Oct 17, 2013 Patrick rated it liked it
What makes this book fun is Barry Green's insistence that a musician's choice of primary instrument ultimately reflects his or her personality, and the different virtues necessary for musical mastery can be glimpsed in conversations with different musicians.

It was instructive to hear how masters of different instruments cultivate attributes like joy, discipline, passion, and communication.

On the other hand, the chapter on "tolerance" reads like politically correct treacle (short version: when y
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Jordan Kinsey
At times, it seemed like a 300 page advertisement for The Inner Game of Music. At other times, it seemed like he was saying things that were so blatantly obvious, they had no place in a book. At other times, it seemed like he was repeating himself ad nauseum. Having said all this, it's still a good book and all musicians should probably read it.
Ryan
Dec 29, 2014 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book. It's a wealth of knowledge and insight, and I found myself wanting to highlight entire pages at times. Highly recommend, definitely my top book of the year.
Jiemeiyi
Feb 04, 2015 Jiemeiyi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Felt inspired not just for music but life and how to live it. Can see myself reaching for the book from time to time to re-read certain chapters.
Katie  Wornson
Jan 06, 2009 Katie Wornson rated it liked it
Shelves: good, nonfiction
I learned a lot! I got really tired of his New Age ideas being littered across the page...so I didn't read it all.
Melissa Towne
Nov 16, 2012 Melissa Towne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A million jillion of my favorite musician quotes are from here. I loved it.
Aeshaire
Sep 05, 2012 Aeshaire rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2012
Insightful & interesting, took a while to get into.
Deb
Nov 03, 2007 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good. Very Accessible.
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