Jacobs Quotes is a project to carry on the pedagogical legacy of Arnold Jacobs through tweeting his quotes.
I was introduced to the teachings of Arnold Jacobs as a student at Northwestern University in the mid-90's. I had the privilege of attending a few of his master classes and of having one private lesson with him before he passed away. I have also spent a good deal of time in the Northwestern Library pouring over VHS tapes of his master classes over the decades. He has had a profound impact on my career as both a player and teacher.
The @JacobsQuotes project is a tribute to him and his pedagogical insights. Thank you, Mr. Jacobs!
"Music making is 90% story telling and 10% fuel."
"If the first full breath gives a poor attack, hear the tone quality with the inner ear, then play."
"Never substitute pressure for quantity."
"Make your playing speak with inflection."
"The tongue is an unruly organ. It gives very little feedback. It is best trained when your playing imitates spoken language."