Music Practice Quotes

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When you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him he will win.

— Ed Macauley

An error may be only an unintentional rightness…Do not get too fussy about how every part of the thing sounds. Go ahead. All processes are at first awkward and clumsy and “funny.” Do not be afraid of being wrong; just be afraid of being uninteresting.

— T. Carl Whitmer

music learning can occur without music teaching

— Lucy Green, Green, Lucy., How Popular Musicians Learn (Ashgate, 2002), p.104

No Music, No Life. Know Music, Know Life.

To study music, we must learn the rules. To create music, we must break them.

— Nadia Boulanger

It’s not necessarily the amount of time you spend at practice that counts; it’s what you put into the practice.

— Eric Lindros

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.

— William Westney, Westney, William., The Perfect Wrong Note (Amadeus Press, 2003), p.111

As soon as effective listening takes place, the ear identifies what needs to be done and guides the techniques search for a solution

— Howard Snell, Snell, Howard., The Art of Practice (Pen Press, 2006), p.16

If practice makes perfect, and no one’s perfect, then why practice?

— Billy Corgan

Practice doesn’t make perfect. It just makes you better.

— Tawa Suleman
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