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The Mind Over Finger Podcast

Mar 11, 2022

Welcome to today’s conversation with Joseph Alessi, Principal Trombone with the New York Philharmonic.

In our conversation, Joe shares wonderful wisdom on many topics, including the importance of fundamentals, the types of mindset that are helpful to nurture, tips on performance preparation, helpful habits to adopt, and so much more.  I know that you're going to find this discussion really interesting and will take a lot of Joe’s insight with you in the practice room today!

We covered:

  • How Joseph’s artistic journey has unfolded (3:53)
  • What his mindful, efficient practice looks like (07:58)
  • The importance of having a clear image before you play, using skills like conducting and emotive singing (13:17)
  • Consistently bringing a performance mindset into your practice room (19:18)
  • Joseph’s approach to teaching (25:26)
  • Additional skills musicians should hone (33:30)
  • How Joseph’s habit of planning contributed to success (37:37)






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A HUGE thank you to my fantastic producer, Bella Kelly, who works really hard to make this podcast as pleasant to listen to as possible for you.

Most sincere thank you to composer Jim Stephenson who graciously provided the show’s musical theme.  Concerto #1 for Trumpet and Chamber Orchestra – Movement 2: Allegro con Brio, performed by Jeffrey Work, trumpet, and the Lake Forest Symphony, conducted by Jim Stephenson.

Thank you to pianist-singer-song-writer Louise Kelly for the introduction!  You can find out more about Kelly and her creative work by visiting



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