. .the most crucial ingredient by far for success in music is . . .what happens in the practice room.
Mistakes are . . . immensely useful. . . they show us . . . where we are right now and what we need to do next
If we're not actively making things better, chances are we're making them worse.
Robotic correctness is the last thing judges want to see or hear
Music, the most abstract and uncanny art, is an eternal river of sound moving through time. We can free ourselves from whatever may be holding us back, and join that flowing river.
The reason so many of us lose our bearings about practising early in life is that we practice in living rooms with other family members in earshot - and healthy practice would simply sound too obnoxious, intrusive, repetitious and unmusical for others to hear without annoyance.
When the good student chooses the honest path, free of perfectionism and faking, music study becomes something refreshingly new: a calm oasis of self-acceptance for those who are so used to driving themselves and trying to please others.
Learning itself is a fulfilling adventure at all points in the process. In fact, psychologists have listed learning as one of the basic, universal joys of human experience.
Music study presents a natural, here-and-now route to selfknowledge and self-integration.
If you have played "six times wrong, one time right" the problem is not quite corrected.
[perfectionism leads to] a tendency to apologize preemptively for one's efforts, knowing from experience that there's sure to be something wrong with them.
Don't attribute mishaps to a lapse in concentration - if you missed the note you don't know it.
Much music teaching seems more concerned with controlling the student than with encouraging the student's own impulses.
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