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!
"Never set rules for embouchure position. Set rules for the musical results."
"When you go for the musical result, the meat (embouchure) will take care of itself, but the reverse is not always true."
"It’s the art form that should be at the center of your motivation, not your body."
"Don’t play by the knowledge of anatomy. Play by the knowledge of music – phrasing, tone color, mood, style."
"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.'”