Enough of my own words in this blog. This post is a dedication to some phrases that have struck me as particularly meaningful and/or pragmatic by various musicians and teachers on a loosely related theme of piano playing. I share them with my students, and now decided to post them here. Enjoy!!
"Timing is the art of being as late as possible without being too late"
"Education is planned amnesia!!"
"Really good piano lessons are actually elevated practice sessions"
"Think of practicing as investing, and performance (or playing through) as spending. Too much of both isn't a good thing. Successful people in the business world have learned to strike a balance between the two"
"Here is the gradual resurgence of the heartbeat" - Edwin Fischer on the beginning of the G major chords after the second arioso of Beethoven op. 110, last movement.
"It takes 10% of the work to get a piece 90% of the way there, and 90% of the work to get that last 10%" - John Perry
"Silence is the canvas on which music is painted" - Joseph Levine
"Rhythm is the canvas on which music is painted" - John Perry
"Sometimes a missed note in performance is more expressive and exciting than the right note. I'm not talking about wrong notes due to sloppiness or lack of preparation, but the other kind - when you are in the heat of the moment, you take a risk, lunge for a note because you feel it passionately - but miss. It's kind of like saying "I love you" to somebody for the first time: It's possible to be so nervous, so overwhelmed with anticipation - that in the heat of the moment you croak - the words don't come out. That vulnerability - the human sensitivity that was revealed in that mishap can be more human and more touching than if you had said it cleanly" - Emile Naoumoff
"Better to play the wrong notes the right way than the right notes the wrong way"
"There are no wrong notes, only wrong (physical) movements"
-Evelyne Bran cart