Horn Insights Blog

My friend and colleague, Jeffrey Agrell, has started keeping his own blog called Horn Insights. In addition to being a wonderful teacher and player, he is a very talented writer, as many horn players know from his years of contributing to the Horn Call journal. Although his theme is horn-centered, a lot of what he discusses and uncovers can be very helpful to all musicians. One of his posts, “Quotations for Musicians” is simply a list of great tidbits of advice from people like Arnold Jacobs, Martin Luther, and Wynton Marsalis. Here’s an excerpt:

•The arts, inspiring — indeed requiring — self-discipline, may be more “basic” to our national survival than traditional credit courses. Presently we are spending 29 times more on science than on the arts and the result so far is worldwide intellectual embarrassment. -Paul Harvey

•I always loved music; whoso has skill in this art is of good temperament, fitted for all things.  We must teach music in schools; a schoolmaster ought to have skill in music; or I would not regard him. -Martin Luther

•When taking a shower, take a shower. When playing horn, play horn. -Zen Saying

•Mastery comes from practice; practice comes from playful, compulsive experimentation. – Stephen Nachmanovitch

•Sitting under a tree is good for your playing too. -Arnold Jacobs

•What is best in music is not to be found in the notes. –Gustav Mahler

•Fine horn playing is the result of a vast complex of physical motions and nerve reactions… [practice] is a process of eliminating those physical movements which do not produce the desired result, eventually reducing it to the one set of movements that does produce that result.   – Gunther Schuller

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