Music Practice Quotes

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If a hard bit is giving you a hard time, you should give it a hard time — Philip Johnston, Johnston, Philip., Not Until You’ve Done Your Practice (Practicespot Press, 2004), p.67

The word “fail”, of course ceases to apply if we know that . . we are merely gaining information. — Eloise Ristad, Ristad, Eloise., A Soprano On Her Head (Real People Press, 1982), p.144

Don’t attribute mishaps to a lapse in concentration – if you missed the note you don’t know it. — William Westney, Westney, William., The Perfect Wrong Note (Amadeus Press, 2003), p.91

Take care of the bars and the piece will take care of itself — Philip Johnston, Johnston, Philip., Not Until You’ve Done Your Practice (Practicespot Press, 2004), p.22

If you can dream it, you can do it. — Walt Disney

Your success depends on how well you develop your ears. — Harvey Snitkin, Snitkin, Harvey., Practice Planner (HMS Publications, 2002), p.137

Every day you don’t practice, you’re one day further from being good. — Ben Hogan

Everyone has moments, or days, when they don’t feel like practicing but know they must. — Madeline Bruser, Bruser, Madeline., The Art of Practicing (Bell Tower, 1997), p.139

. . when the initial excitement of playing starts to evaporate, good habits are needed to sustain the learning process. — Howard Snell, Snell, Howard., The Art of Practice (Pen Press, 2006), p.19

The most valuable practice aid is patience. — Howard Snell, Snell, Howard., The Art of Practice (Pen Press, 2006), p.75

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