Centering III Video Download


In this final lesson you’ll watch as three professional musicians demonstrate how they can Center anywhere, anytime, in less than 10 seconds, sitting, standing, and even moving.


Then they begin the high-energy Simulation Training exercises. First, they get their heart rates up to an elevated target rate by doing jumping jacks, running on the beach, or using heavy kettle bells.


Then they Center in two or three breaths, make the choreographed Move, and play without hesitation. You’ll see how using the Centered high energy can power their playing and take their performing, and hopefully yours’, to a much higher level.

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This video lesson will teach you how to Center in less than 10 seconds, so you can complete the Simulation Training.

1 review for Centering III Video Download

  1. Bily Foster

    Centering Gives Musicians the Quiet Mind They Need to Concentrate. Three breaths. That’s all it takes, now, for horn player Thomas Jöstlein to get his energy under control and his mind totally on the music.

    “It’s like a sigh, a blowing things down, which sets the stage completely for the music as I want to hear it,” he says. “I use it for every excerpt, for every audition.”

    After graduating from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, Jöstlein, who now plays for the New York Philharmonic, struggled with a pitfall common to musicians: He couldn’t recover quickly enough from making a mistake. “You make one, you think you’ve shot the whole audition,” he says. “I needed some kind of system, some kind of technique to quiet my mind and regain control.”

    He found it in Centering, a technique derived from martial arts that transforms stress into concentration. Working with Juilliard professor and sports psychologist Don Greene, Ph.D., Jöstlein perfected the technique into a three-breath reflex. “My mind no longer races or wanders between excerpts,” he says, “and that’s pretty critical because the French horn is one of the most difficult instruments to control. If you start thinking about lunch, you’ll miss the note.”

    Jöstlein credits Greene’s strategies for much of his recent success. “You’ve got to achieve that Zen state of mind, where you’re not looking ahead or back,” he says. “The quieting of the mind is really the answer.”

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