Monthly Archives: April 2014

Right Country….

I once had an 8-year-old student — a delightful boy, a real charmer — and at the first

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Who Taught Whom?

I was so pleased to tell Lee Hambro

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Q is for Quiet

Sometimes, in practicing, we play louder and louder, more and more coarsely, and wonder why

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K is for Knowledge

“Before God and as an honest man,” said Haydn to

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T is for Temperamental

“The temperamental artist”: a clich√© to make a performer smile.

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R is for the Risk of Rationalism

Understanding, explaining, teaching—these wonderful “verbal-intellectual” activities

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P is for Profligate

To master the great works, we must be

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I is for Intention

Here’s a little pencil-and-paper exercise with profound implications: Draw a staff and write

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G is for Goal-Oriented

The One True Approach to Technique—do all instrumentalists look for it

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B is for Boredom, a Creative Force

Displeased with my playing of a passage, I turn off

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