A guide to enhancing musical performance

Williamon, A. (2004) A guide to enhancing musical performance. In: Musical Excellence: Strategies and Techniques to Enhance Performance. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 3-18. ISBN 9780198525356 (paperback) 9780191689345 (online)


This first chapter provides a concise introduction to each part of the book, previewing the chapters contained therein and placing them in the broader context of performance enhancement research. It then considers the extent to which the physical and psychological skills required of today's performers are amenable to improvement through scientifically tested, systematic training procedures. Finally, it discusses how one may begin to embark on a personal course of enhancement using the pragmatic advice offered in this volume.

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