mistakes are . . . immensely useful. . . they show us . . . where we are right now and what we need to do next
As you learn a new piece, remember how important it is to learn it accurately from the begining.
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.
stage fright needs to be confronted and experienced in order to be conquered.
Faults acquired through incorrect practicing can be eradicated only by great effort.
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.
Practicing is endless, goals set limits
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.
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.
If we’re not actively making things better, chances are we’re making them worse.