Music Practice Quotes

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mistakes are . . . immensely useful. . . they show us . . . where we are right now and what we need to do next — William Westney, Westney, William., The Perfect Wrong Note (Amadeus Press, 2003)

As you learn a new piece, remember how important it is to learn it accurately from the begining. — Eloise Ristad, Ristad, Eloise., A Soprano On Her Head (Real People Press, 1982), p.150

It is scary to realize there are many, many right ways, and that as we grow and develop, our perceptions change and shift about right or wrong ways. — Eloise Ristad, Ristad, Eloise., A Soprano On Her Head (Real People Press, 1982), p.128

stage fright needs to be confronted and experienced in order to be conquered. — Eloise Ristad, Ristad, Eloise., A Soprano On Her Head (Real People Press, 1982), p.171

Faults acquired through incorrect practicing can be eradicated only by great effort. — Walter Gieseking, Gieseking, Walter., The Shortest Way To Pianistic Perfection (Dover Publications, 1972)

One of the basic pscychological rules in life is that you always get more of what you focus on. So, it seems reasonable that, if you keep on remembering past experiences of performance
anxiety before an up-and-coming performance, you will naturally feel quite anxious.
— Susan Whykes, Whykes, Susan., Mind Over Matter (Author House, 2007), p.33

Practicing is endless, goals set limits — Harvey Snitkin, Snitkin, Harvey., Practice Planner (HMS Publications, 2002), p.5

Most of us have very clear memories of the self-critical internal conversation running on in our heads while we were playing poorly, and yet it often seems that we hardly remember noticing it at all while we were playing well. — Barry Green, Green, Barry., The Inner Game of Music (Pan Books, 1986), p.25

It is the height of professionalism to be able to make an ordinary piece of music sound good. When playing routine melodic studies the player must treat them as if they are musical value. — Howard Snell, Snell, Howard., The Art of Practice (Pen Press, 2006), p.43

If we’re not actively making things better, chances are we’re making them worse. — William Westney, Westney, William., The Perfect Wrong Note (Amadeus Press, 2003), p.94

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