Make 2020 the Year of Mental Models

If you’ve been feeling stagnant in your practicing for the past few months or longer, make 2020 the year of better mental models in your practice.

Over on his blog, Jason Haaheim (principal timpanist of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra) has great blog article about why good mental models are so important for both practicing and for auditioning, how to do them, and why he’s never satisified with his own playing.

You can read his in-depth blog entry about mental models here.

It’s a long read, but it’s well worth it. If you’re looking for even more about the idea of mental representations and their usefulness and power, I suggest the following books (in no particular order):

Any (or all) of these three books are a great read to jump-start your motivation into 2020.

About Colin Dorman

Colin is a freelance horn player and teacher, as well as a fan of tech of all sorts, aviation, and increasingly complex flight simulators. He also enjoys beer, bourbon and fitness - but not at the same time. You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, as well as right here at!