It often feels to me that there are some people in life who appear to do very little, yet are frequently very successful. There always appeared to be people at school who ‘hardly revised’ and still came out with top grades. The other end of the spectrum are those who often work hard for recognition or to feel a sense of accomplishment. Hard work makes us feel good about ourselves, but is it always giving us the musical fulfilment we want?

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how less work, less pressure and fewer hours practice can actually have a very positive effect, but how does this seemingly paradoxical idea actually work?