Thank You

Heartfelt appreciation to the following for their generosity and moral support in the month of August 2017:

  • Massimo Ciacci, ‘s-Hertogenbosch Netherlands
  • Deb Swanson, Queensland Australia
  • Joseph Willettelocation unknown
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Status Report

Thanks to all who have been asking about new lessons… Frank has been distracted by some other things these past many months, but plans to complete the “Performance Anxiety” Series soon… and then to delve deeply into the study of improvisation and more…  Stay tuned!

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Performance Anxiety: A Meditation on Gratitude

Gratitude has incredible power to transform our entire attitude towards performance… from a dreadful ordeal to a life-affirming celebration. Continue reading

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Performance Anxiety: Motivation

Why would any sufferer of stage fright want to put themselves through the misery of performance? Continue reading

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Performance Anxiety: What Causes Stage Fright?

Let’s be absolutely clear about what causes stage fright… Continue reading

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Performance Anxiety: Alternative Diagnoses

Before we confront the problem of genuine performance anxiety, realize that our feelings of exposure and dread may not be stage fright at all, but symptomatic of other issues: Continue reading

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Performance Anxiety: Taming the Stage Fright Monster

I have two important messages to share with anyone who suffers from stage fright. First, you are not alone. Second, please do not despair.

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Performance Anxiety: Symptoms

Your heart pounds, palms sweat, muscles tighten, stomach flutters, knees wobble, hands shake, and voice cracks. Your hands and feet go cold as your breathing stops and mouth goes dry. Butterflies turn into nausea and diarrhea as your brain fogs and vision blurs. Your sense of time accelerates out of control.  Continue reading

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Composition & Improvisation: Commonly-Used Chord Patterns: C Minor Triad

Successful Composition and Improvisation is not just about melodic invention. An enormous range of music can be created by playing chords in a variety of simple patterns. Here, for your consideration are some commonly-used voicings and rhythms for a C Minor TriadContinue reading

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Composition & Improvisation: Commonly-Used Chord Patterns: C Major Triad

Successful Composition and Improvisation is not just about melodic invention. An enormous range of music can be created by playing chords in a variety of simple patterns. Here, for your consideration are some commonly-used voicings and rhythms for a C Major Triad
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