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!
"Be able to play a love song with and without vibrato."
"Keep the lyrical quality when adding articulation to the sound. Be the great player who maintains a lyrical quality at all speeds."
"Avoid self-analysis; it's passive. Instead, issue statements. Give orders, avoid self-analysis."
"Using your hand, feel your back's curve just above the belt (while standing.) Sit down. Feel for, reform, and main… https://t.co/6nxxXWcKQ1
"Get used to coming up from the low register with a round sound rather than coming down from the high register with a thinner sound."