The Art of Practicing, A Guide To Making Music From The Heart
by Madeline Bruser
This is a fascinating book that I am reading that, while written for musicians, has an effective application to magic practice and performance. In particular, it stresses the means to enhance sensitivity and expressive ness while mastering technical skill.
The author is a musician and teacher who advocates a combination of body and mind processes that allows one to release tension and become not just technically advanced but emotionally open and dynamic. I can't remember ever reading much for magic in this area.
A Ten Step approach is outlined by the author of very simple disciplines and lifestyle changes, which over time leads to a natural and confident command of the instrument. Great chunks of the book will be of no direct value to magicians, unless one has musical training, (there's quite a bit for instance on proper posture with various instruments) but a good read between the lines of even the most technical areas is worth it .
My own practice and rehearsal process has benifitted immensely by actually following the guidelines set out here. And there's been a by product of a rush of new creative ideas that just semed to happen at the same time.
The book is available at Amazon.com