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!
"Start a conditioning program of playing even simple music for others."
"Play as a storyteller. Play different roles using different equipment to fully explore your potential."
"While playing one should be issuing statements, not asking questions. Leave the self-examination for the tape playback later."
I don’t like the terminology, “I am a trombone player,” but rather prefer “I am a fine musician that uses the trombone to express myself.”
"Don’t play by the knowledge of anatomy. Play by the knowledge of music – phrasing, tone color, mood, style."