Just Play

Just Play : The Simple Truth Behind Musical Excellence

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Release the Music within. No struggle. No limits. Just play.

A revolutionary new understanding of the mind is transforming the field of performance psychology, making it easier than ever before for musicians to bring out the best in themselves and make music as nature intended. Not only that, but it offers renewed hope for sufferers of anxiety, depression and a whole host of other psychological disorders.

Following his own struggles, explorations and insights, working both as a professional musician and a Head of Music in London schools, Nick Bottini is now a performance coach working in the music industry. He wrote 'Just Play' for musicians who know that they are capable of more - to help them uncover a simpler way, not only with music and creativity, but ultimately, with themselves.

50% of all author royalties will go to support 'Music Minds Matter', the 24-hour mental health helpline set up by Help Musicians UK. For more information visit www.musicmindsmatter.org.uk.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 11mm | 237g
  • Gorleston, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1781333181
  • 9781781333181
  • 892,803

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'Nick Bottini has given us the opportunity through Just Play to examine the prospect of shedding all that often burdens our mind and body; to truly celebrate in the fact that we can all achieve heights beyond what we thought possible through allowing the mind to clear, the system to empty, and the clarity and flow of listening to create a journey we may not have thought possible.'

DAME EVELYN GLENNIE, three-time Grammy winner, pioneering solo percussionist and jewellery designer

'Nick has written a book that will help musicians to finally get out of their own way and unlock their full potential.'

BILL LAURANCE, pianist and keyboardist in three-time Grammy award-winning band Snarky Puppy

'This really is a remarkable book. Nick gives a most splendid and erudite explanation of the creative process and the route toward excellence. I recommend it to anyone wishing to learn how to achieve greatness in any field whilst overcoming the largest of obstacles possible...our own thoughts.'

NIGEL HITCHCOCK, session saxophonist (Ray Charles, Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, Mark Knopfler, Take That, Jamiroquai, Spice Girls) and member of Itchy Fingers

Whoever you are, and whatever your connection to music, you will find this book is a treasure trove of insight. It integrates the deepest and most vital elements of humanity, enables the reader to stop overthinking, and, instead, to reconnect with a profound sense of freedom and spontaneity.'

SUSAN COLLIER, Junior Academy violin professor at the Royal Academy of Music, London

'I've known Nick Bottini a long time and his revolutionary approach to music coaching is sorely needed in the music industry. Just Play is a gem of a book that shows you how to stop struggling and start thriving. Buy it!'

STEPHEN ASAMOAH-DUAH, previous winner of Young Drummer of the Year competition and member of Mercury-prize nominated band The Compozers
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30 ratings
3.97 out of 5 stars
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4 20% (6)
3 23% (7)
2 3% (1)
1 7% (2)
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