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!
"Don’t prepare yourself to play your instrument. Instead, prepare the sound in your head."
"Air is free. Go ahead and waste it."
"It is much better to have too much air than to have too little; as you grow older this becomes even more important."
"Playing your instrument is not tonguing, fingering, and buzzing. It is hearing the song in your head and recreating it."
"All good teaching is a simplifying process, a weeding out of what is unnecessary or distracting."