Come to your practice like a dry sponge...ready to absorb everything.
The more steam you put behind your work the louder you can whistle when it’s done.
The sounds of music have no bodies, but they do have life.
The violin should be played with love.
The only way to make a habit permanent is to repeat...repeat...repeat.
Bad habits, like chiggers and burrs are easy to get and hard to get rid of.
A piece can’t become music until it can be played with no mistakes.
Hoping to learn without using your energy and thoughts is like driving a car without gas or a steering wheel...You won’t get anywhere.
Music is the language of hearts. Like each word in a story, every note is important.
Little by little does the trick. Aesop
Your thoughts can make things happen. If you think you can, you will! Virgil
Your music must talk. It might laugh, giggle, cry, whine, plead, ask questions and answer. It can be sad, funny, happy, carefree or brokenhearted. But it must be something other than dry notes.
Use your ears to listen to your music, not just to hear it. Even bugs hear!
Anything is possible when you are eager to learn!
Good habits take time to grow. Plant the seed today and water it with practice.
Consider the postage stamp. It is successful because of its ability to stick to one thing until it gets there. Josh Billings
I can not tell you how much I love to play for people. Would you believe it--sometimes when I sit down to practice and there is no one else in the room, I have to stifle an impulse to ring for the elevator man and offer him money to come in and hear me. Artur Rubenstein
Whatever you want to make a habit of, practice.
And whatever you don’t want to make a habit of, don’t practice. Epictetus
Every problem that’s ignored will come back to trouble you later on.
Be patient: Nothing worthwhile is ever done quickly.
Dragging and hurrying are equally great faults. Robert Schumann
Listen to your music every day, then you’ll learn the easier way.
Every path has its puddle.
It’s not the IQ but the I WILL that’s important.
A mistake corrected goes away. If left alone...it’s sure to stay.
Take thought and time to learn things well, and then for sure you will excel.
When playing music you share a part of yourself with others.
If at first you don’t succeed, find out why and then proceed.
God gave the violinist two ends: one for standing, one for thinking...and a heart in the middle for playing.
Time can’t be found like a lost kitty. If you want to have time, you must make it.
Bad habits like weeds start small and thrive on lack of attention. Tackle bad habits when first discovered: The longer they stay, the stronger they grow.
Practicing without thinking is like shooting without aiming.
Turn on your brain before your fingers.
Why hurry over beautiful things? Why not linger and enjoy them? Clara Schumann
Paints color paper and music colors silence. How beautiful is your coloring?
In the story of the tortoise and the hare, the slower and thoughtful animal won.
In music you can hear “heart stories.” Listen!
Hard work can win out over any and every problem. Virgil
Pencils have erasers because everyone makes mistakes! To make them is OK...but use the eraser!
When you practice keep Brain working. Little’s learned if Brain is shirking.
Don’t treat practice like a lottery...putting in as little as possible and hoping for the jackpot.
Your success depends upon your effort.
Music comes alive when it is played. Listen! Is it weak and sickly or strong and robust?
You are the only teacher you will ever have. Others can only offer you ideas.
If you are to learn, you must do the teaching.
Positive thoughts lead to huge successes, negative ones to little.
Make good habits: they’re just as hard to break as bad ones.
Take time! If you have patience you can learn anything.
Ideas are funny. They don't work unless we do.
Think carefully while practicing! It’s not enough to be smart, one must practice smart.
The right angle to approach a problem is the “try-angle.”
The music is dead...until you and your instrument give it life.
Sir Isaac Newton said he’d made his discoveries because of careful attention to the problems.
The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work.