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    Saul mentioned a couple of practice axioms, so I felt this warranted a new thread. To start: Barry Green’s axiom: “Performance=potential minus interference”. And I can’t remember where I heard this beauty: “There is no such thing as a difficult task; just a series of easy tasks”.

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    David Ice
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    I always liked Salzedo’s maxim:

    “There are no difficult things.

    #87379
    unknown-user
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    In my first position out of undergrad college, the assistant pastor at the church I was serving taught me the Rule of the Seven “P”s:

    Prior proper planning prevents piss-poor performance.

    Applies to so many situations, yes?

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    Kari Q
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    I am stealing this phrase from Saul (not sure if

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    diane-michaels
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    perhaps too wordy to be an axiom but:

    “Deliberate Practice: An activity that’s explicitly intended to improve performance, that reaches for objectives just beyond one’s level of competence, provides feedback on results and involves high levels of repetition.”

    I apologize to the author of that quote, whose name I didn’t write down when I

    #87382

    Here’s a gem from a Susann Macdonald master class: “A stopped string can’t buzz”. Words to live by. Off topic, from an old Laugh-in show: “He who speaks with forked tongue should never kiss balloon.”

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    unknown-user
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    I can’t remember where I

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    unknown-user
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    My own axiom each time I practice or preform.

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    unknown-user
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    I love that, Cei!! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ll keep that in mind.

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    Anonymous
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    A favorite of mine–actually from Sam Pratt, originally:

    “A harp is no better than the strings that are on it.”

    Sam Milligan, Brooklyn, NY

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    rosalind-beck
    Participant

    My husband is a musician (double-reed player), also.

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    rosalind-beck
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    Just remembered a couple other favorite fun sayings re (orchestral) performing:

    #87389

    How about this variation: A string is no better than the finger on it.

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