Affirmations are a part of my Trivantage method for successful self-hypnosis. They serve to reinforce ideas that were presented during self-hypnosis or, as a waking suggestion, to repeatedly reintroduce your subconscious mind to the concepts and ideas that you want it to accept, embrace and make into daily habits. Remember, repetition…repetition…repetition is a powerful means to bring about the change and improvements you desire. As a musician you already know that.
Of course affirmations may be said as bedtime autosuggestions as well, which is another component of my Trivantage method.
Please know that these affirmations will not help you to further develop skills which you may not yet have. It is assumed that you have skill in the following areas: knowledge of your instrument and ability to read and understand common musical notation.
The best way to approach sight reading exercises is to:
Preview the music first for key changes, flow control, technical difficulty, melodic shape and rhythm.
Always choose to sight read music that matches your playing level, or is just slightly above your playing level.
Always sight read at a tempo that allows successful technical execution of the most demanding passages.
Here are six affirmations that are designed convey the essence of the sight reading experience.
My eyes and mind are always ahead of my hands.
I maintain tempo and rhythm even if it means omitting some notes.
I recognize common rhythm patterns and repeating patterns.
I let go of mistakes, always moving onward while keeping the rhythm going.
I hear the rhythm and pitches of the melody in my head before playing it.
I feel the pulse of the music.
Click here for a copy of the affirmations that you can print out and carry with you.