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Michael Gustorff is the author of ‘Practising Without Problems’ and ‘Creativity & Everyday Life’.

 

These two books are the result of teaching all kinds of instrumentalists and singers on different conservatories and music academies throughout the last 25 years. (Codarts Conservatory Rotterdam, The Netherlands 1900-1997, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne, Germany 1992-2016, ArtEZ Conservatory Arnhem, The Netherlands since 1990…).
They have been sold to Australia, Austria, the Benelux, Canada, China, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Korea, Latvia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Rumania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the USA.

 

The books of Michael Gustorff are short, comprehensive and to the point, helping many musicians to find their way through the jungle of practicing and combining their creativity with everyday life.

 

 

Book 1

 

‘Practising without Problems - Mental Training for (Jazz)musicians’

Front view of the Book

80 pages, writtten in ‘easy’ English, € 14,80

 

Illustrations by Mona Sabine Meis - Design by Han Halewijn

Printed by HP Nacke KG - Wuppertal, Germany.

 

Table of Contents:

Preface - Who is this Book for - How to Use this Book - Mental Preparation - Dealing with New Information - Getting Started -Practice Plans - While Practising - Practising Technique - Practising Jazz/Improvisation - Problems and Solutions -Teaching and being Taught - On Stage - Finally - Contemplation Collection - Appendix - Recommended Books - Acknowledgements - About the Author.

 

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Reviews & Comments:

 

Good book!

Lee Konitz, saxophone player

 

Michael Gustorff has organized the basics of practicing in a highly organized and simple presentation.

Dave Liebman, saxophone player

 

It’s a fresh and honest approach to how we (as musicians, teachers and students) can deal with practicing. The ideas are easy to assimilate.

John Taylor, piano player

 

The best book on the subject that offers advice on developing an efficient practicing mentality is Michael Gustorff’s ‘Practising Without Problems’.

Hal Galper, piano player

 

Receiving this book was well worth any extra fees!

Patrick C. Dorian, Associate Professor of Music East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

 

Highly recommended. A true learning experience!

Reviewed by: Lee Prosser, www.jazzreview.com

 

Thanks for writing such a wise & useful book. I look forward to using these ideas in my own practice as well as my students practice.

Alan Kaplan, trombone player

 

The book arrived and is helping already.

Jim Meehan, guitar player

 

A powerful side effect of the book is that every time I pick it up I get no further than a couple of paragraphs before I have to pick up my guitar and get to work!

Mike Bibby, guitar player

 

I really enjoyed reading your book and I will use it in my lessons at the conservatory in The Hague.

Niels Tausk, trumpet & bass player, teacher, coach

 

I want to thank you a lot for this book. It feels like a wonderful present!

Kerstin Koerte, mallet player

 

Your book was with me almost every day during the last two years. It was good, very good for me!

Giampiero Girolamo, piano player

 

I ordered your book again. I gave it to somebody and it never came back to me. This is what happens to good books.

Albert van Veenendaal, piano player, composer

 

It’s great fun reading your book

Stephan Braun, jazz celloplayer

 

 

Book 2

 

‘Creativity & Everyday Life – A Mental Guide (Not Only) For Artists & Musicians’

Front view of the Book

56 pages, written in ‘easy’ English, €14,00

 

Illustrations by Mona Sabine Meis - Design by Han Halewijn

Printed by HP Nacke KG - Wuppertal, Germany.

 

Table of Contents:

Introduction - Who is this book for? - Before we start - The Power of our Brain - Changing Something-Changing Ourselves - Learning - The Art of Healthy Repetition - Useful Memory - Some extra Tips - Energy - Focus - Long Term Planning - Attitude - The Power of Doubt - Short Term Action - Step by Step - Daily Routine - Weekly Routine - The Way We Work - The I-Company - Image - Problems, our (best) Friends - Internal Teachers - External Teachers - Mental Traps and Tips - Balance - The Realization of your Personality - Goodbye (Un)Happiness - What's your Contribution? - Finally - Appendix - Recommended Books - Acknowledgements - The Author - The Musician - The Program.

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Reviews & Comments:

 

“Creativity & Everyday Life” is both clear and succinct. It provides concrete directions and advice; it asks questions and puts you to work. I can thoroughly recommend this “signpost” to not only students of creative subjects but also graduate artists.

Willem Hillenius, Director ArtEZ Institute of the Arts

 

It's an excellent book for young folks starting out!

Dave Liebman, Artistic Director IASJ (International Association of Schools of Jazz)

 

I read your books and want to thank you for putting so much natural wisdom into words.

Marcela Simons, student Codarts Rotterdam

 

I finished your book on the same day I got it. Great subject! 'Big issues' presented in manageable portions. Congratulations with your second book.

Ineke van Doorn, singer, teacher, author of the book 'Professioneel Zingen'

 

I really like your new book, it's simple and clear. I hope that it will sell well! You deserve it!

Francesc Capella, piano player, teacher at the Esmuc, Barcelona

 

What a good book, Michael! I just started reading and I really like it. It’s very close to the way I work with my students.

Hartog Eysman, singer/songwriter

 

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your books. I'm a 2nd year Jazz singing student at the ArtEZ Conservatory in Zwolle, and unfortunately I missed your workshops last month. After hearing so many positive reactions from my fellow students after your first day, I decided to buy your books to read about the stuff you talked about in the workshops (you might remember me, interrupting your class to buy the books). I've read them now, and as I said I just wanted to let you know that you reached another student with your stories. I also bumped into many of the problems you described, and I'm sure that your way of thinking will help me solve the problems in my best way.

Joep van Weert, singer

 

Hey Michael, I put your books on the students reading list. I still like them very much.

Albert van Veenendaal, piano player, composer, teacher conservatory Utrecht

 

Somebody appears to have sent me this (pretty interesting looking) book called Creativity and Everyday Life by Michael Gustorff from Holland. Whoever you are, I thank you and look forward to checking it out. Dave Liebman blurbed it and said "It's an excellent book for 'young' folks starting out." Sounds perfect for me

Leo Sidran, composer, musician

 

 

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