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!
"For octave leaps, let the lower octave educate the upper one."
"Attend to brain work; get organized in the art form. The instrument will follow."
"Remove conflict, sneak in the backdoor of problems."
"Use thickened air with a great inner song."
"Use the embouchure as the focus of performance not as blockage for the air. Buzz a mouthpiece ring to put the focus back at the lips."