Music practice inspiration

The goal of practicing is to achieve a freedom of the mind that enables one to physically do whatever they want to do. Careful practicing eventually allows one the freedom to be spontaneous, to react onstage to the moment.

Yo-Yo Ma

Some practice inspiration for you today.

This came up last week in one of my adult student’s lessons. We were discussing that learning the notes is only one stage of mastering a new piece.

My student wanted to move beyond the notes and have that “freedom to be spontaneous” and to play the ‘music’ instead. They didn’t want to be constrained by reading what was on the page. It was only by knowing the score really well that they could take their playing to the next level.

I was impressed that they had made the realisation Yo-Yo Ma refers to in the quote themselves.

What are your thoughts on this quote?

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