July 15, 2007 at 11:59 PMWell, before I wrap up my little bits of nostalgia about my favorite musical place on earth, I can't resist sharing my favorite quotes from Sound Encounters. Some are universal, others about specific technique; some serious, others funny; but I think they all have something important to say.
Quotes from great teachers:
"The greatests musicians are those with the fastest ear." - Brian Lewis
"The secret to good shifting is timing, not speed." - Harold Robinson
"Our job as musicians is to fill the space around us with sound" - Brian Lewis
"Spiccato is legato that is off the string." - Brian Lewis
"What separates great artists is what they find in the music." - Dorothy Delay, via Brian Lewis
"Bow speed is destiny!" - Jeffrey Irvine
"Don't hold the bow, balance it." - Richard Aaron
"Virtuosity is not about speed." - Brian Lewis
"Practice feeling, not reflexes. Reflexes are the first thing to go when we are nervous." - Richard Aaron
"The difference between good musicians and great musicians is this: good musicians practice until they get it right; great musicians practice until they can't get it wrong." - Amy Barston
"Shift from position to position, not finger to finger or note to note." - Donald McInnes
"Artistry is measured by the number of notes one cares about." - Paul Kantor
Other little bits of wisdom I have picked up randomly while at SE:
"Whatever you can do or dream you can do, begin it; boldness has genius, power and magic in it." - Goethe
"Our life is what our thoughts make it." - Marcus Aurelius
Enthusiasm comes from a Greek word meaning "inspired by the gods."
"Confidence comes not from always being right, but not fearing to be wrong." - Peter McIntyre
Einstein's definition of insanity: doing the exact same thing over and over and expecting a different result.
And finally, in a category all its own, Bargisms, : ) i.e., favorite sayings from one of the most special conductors and mentors I've ever known, David Barg. Just for fun we thanked Mr. Barg this year by giving him a t-shirt with a list of our Top Ten Bargisms on the back. I never got a picture of the actual shirt, but here's what it looked like:
Here are some more that didn't make the cut:
"Life begins outside the comfort zone."
"It's the little notes that are important"
"A rest is never a rest. A rest is the release of a note."
"Practice makes permanent."
"Fake it till you make it"
"Don't attack the note—attack the phrase."
"Play it like you mean it"
"Model the behavior you want in others."
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