Music Practice Quotes

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The most efficient way to memorise a piece is to use the one which proceeds in an error free manner — Sergei Rachmaninov

Great teachers are great learners — Paul Harris, Paul, Harris., Improve your teaching (Faber Music, 2008), p.7

Sound is not simply what we hear or play, but equally a feeling in the body — Howard Snell, Snell, Howard., The Art of Practice (Pen Press, 2006), p.17

Achieving consistent performance is not about working harder, practicing for longer or exposing yourself to an increasing number of concerts, auditions or competitions; rather it is about developing the mental toughness which will enable you to be a more resilient performer. — David Buswell, Buswell, David., Performance Strategies for Musicians (MX Publishing, 2006), p.11

There is no such thing as failure, only feedback — David Buswell, Buswell, David., Performance Strategies for Musicians (MX Publishing, 2006), p.204

The underlying aim of practice . .is to create certainty through the development of high-quality listening. — Howard Snell, Snell, Howard., The Art of Practice (Pen Press, 2006), p.33

If you have fun when you practice, you may also learn more and perform better — Barry Green, Green, Barry., The Inner Game of Music (Pan Books, 1987), p.140

What you think affects how you feel, and how you feel affects how you perform. If you can change your thinking, then you can change how you perform. — David Buswell, Buswell, David., Performance Strategies for Musicians (MX Publishing, 2006), p.116

Practising is the process of taking a task that seems difficult and doing it repeatedly, over days and weeks until you are able to do it well, and easily. — Ron Ottley, Bonetti, Ruth., Now I Love Music Practice (Amadeus Press, 2003), p.29

The fear of not being perfect drives musicians to overpractice and practice without joy. — Madeline Bruser, Bruser, Madeline., The Art of Practicing (Bell Tower, 1997), p.18

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