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!
"The idea of 'thick, fast air' includes more muscle groups all working at a light load."
"Control of the breath comes from the control of long tones, crescendos, and diminuendos. We start with the product and work backwards."
"Don't additional problems arise when correcting bad habits? Do not correct habits. Skirt them by adding another dimension to your playing."
"Adding and practicing a new habit can gradually replace an old one."
"Develop a melodic sense in a problem register, don't develop power in a problem area."