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book love: effortless mastery // 13


Welcome to the 13th instalment of Book Love: a series in which I tell you all about the resources, guides, and inspirational books that I love. Today’s book was picked especially for Creativity Self-Help Month and it is Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within by Kenny Werner.

Effortless Mastery is another one of these books that every musician seems to own. I always see it on shelves at friends’ houses and in music schools. Essentially, this book is about releasing fear and the need to play well, and embracing your inner master.


Along with the book, there is a CD of four guided meditations that help the listener learn to approach playing and practice from a relaxed state. This is a bit of an oversharing moment, but the first time I listened to Meditation #1, I cried.

Even though the book is strongly directed at musicians, I think there are listens that can be gleaned by artists in other disciplines, especially when it comes to identifying as an artist. It can be a really scary thing to feel like you have to be great at singing, or painting, or writing, because you call yourself a singer, painter, writer. This book teaches you to release the artist identity and step back from it so that you can allow yourself to create without fear.


That’s it for Book Love // 13. Let me know what you’re reading in the comments. You can check out the last post in the series, The Artist’s Way, or see all of my book recommendations on the Book Love index page.


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Renée is a queer, non-binary, disabled, and chronically ill creator based in Montreal. They are a singer, songwriter, pianist, YouTuber, and Periscoper. They are currently a student of jazz studies at Mcgill University and a freelance vocal coach for young and emerging singers.

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