The Mastery of Music book cover
Foreword by Mark Stryke

By Barry Green

A private lesson with the masters: The groundbreaking co-author of The Inner Game of Music (more than 120,000 copies in print) reveals ten qualities shared by the world’s most successful musicians, from Leonard Bernstein to Bobby McFerrin.

The Inner Game of Music taught thousands of musicians–professionals and amateurs alike–how to overcome self-consciousness and stage-fright, and helped them recapture a youthful, almost effortless, capacity to learn. Now, in The Mastery of Music, Barry Green turns his expert hand to the artistic qualities that make a true musician. The Mastery of Music culls advice from dozens of interviews with legends including Joshua Bell, Doc Severinsen, Dave Brubeck, the Harlem Boys Choir, and the Kronos Quartet. As bassist Barry Green discovered in these dialogues, it’s not enough to have a cerebral and emotional connection to the notes; musical excellence requires an additional set of traits.

Exploring ten characteristics such as confidence, creativity, and relaxed concentration, The Mastery of Music discusses specific ways in which all musicians, composers, and conductors can take their skills to higher levels. Green carefully incorporates all instruments and techniques in his rejuvenating discussions, inspiring instrumentalists and music loves of all ages from amateurs to professionals to have fun again and to rediscover the joy of passionate expression. Essential reading for every musician, The Mastery of Music strikes a beautiful new chord.