Preview "Just Being At The Piano" by Mildred Chase.

---------------This book was recommended by Kenny Werner in his book "Effortless Mastery"  I highly recommend it too! It is a quick read with only about 100 pages including the forward. (although I recommend taking a little time with each chapter) To me it reads like a series of short essays, each devoted to  specific topics ranging from attitude to practice techniques to performance anxiety, etc, emphasizing relaxation as a means to release the natural musician in us.  A very economical, to the point writing style.   I originally found the book at a chain bookstore for around $100, but later found it on Amazon for $6.50 (it's out of print)
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cool, i ordered it for $15 bucks, plus that book effortless master by werner.  best yet, you get free $30 for opening up an amazon credit card, so both books are free included shipping and i have $1.45 coming back to me eventually.

i did that with two hard to find monty cds two years ago. amazon rocks, they give you stuff for free.
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got myself a copy for a few bucks also. i'll let you know.  

funny story while i'm here. i mp3'ed the cd from kenny werner's book, and gave to my wife on her portable player. she's been listening to it every single day for almost a year.  
just last week she explained that it does something weird, where she's in some sort of weird relaxed space ...  
she doesn't play, but she writes a lot, so she replaces the words "how easy to is to play" by "how easy it is to write"

she says when she's in the space, she cannot function...
she said it takes a couple minutes to get in the space, and she was able to do it after 3 months or so.... something i must explore, so far, it's only manage to put me to sleep.
i find that i go in and out of it as i play - kinda hard to stay there.  being conscious of being there is not it:)
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