In my upcoming Ultimate Music Mastery video course I am going to let you in on all the secrets you need to know, the skills you can work on, and some simple ways to take this fun and soulful aspect of your game up a level.
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So here is the mistake most people make:
We take an iPod, but more likely an iPad, laptop, or even more likely an iPhone andjust plug it into the computer.
What happens next?!
iTunes starts to “autosynch” your entire music library to your external device.
What’s more, you can even turn on iTunes Match and activate iCloud, so that you have access to all your music, on all your devices, all the time!
No, not so much…
Here is my #1 tip for getting yourself set up for success using music in your classes:
Don’t auto-synch. What’s more, turn off iTunes Match, and use iCloud very sparingly.
Using music is a creative process that requires really knowing your music library and having it organized effectively.
If you’re anything like me, you have thousands of songs in your main iTunes library. You probably have CDs you bought in 1998 uploaded, you have all sorts of random songs, half-decent albums, and honestly a lot of of stuff you never even listen to in that big junk heap of music on your desktop.
Why would you just copy all of that onto whatever you are using to create music for your classes?
The more random, disorganized, unfamiliar music you have cluttering up the library on the device you take to yoga, the more out of control your experience of accessing, combining and sharing music effortlessly is going to feel.
Our brains can only retain a certain amount of information and the reason for my #1 tip is this:
You will be more effective, creative and have more fun with your music library if you actually limit it to only songs you know you are going to use, organized well into playlists designed for specific situations, sequences and moods.
Follow this simple instruction if you are just getting started putting music on whichever device you take to class:
* BEFORE you plug into iTunes, go to your preferences, click on devices, and make sure that the box called “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from synching automatically” is checked.
Then click the blue “OK” button to save this preference…. *
Now YOU have the power to add specific songs or playlists to your device that are ofyour choosing, and organize them in efficient ways that will allow for creative and effective use of your favorite music!
More to come…
Let me know if you have any questions.