“It is my contention that great players achieve musical mastery
by thinking masterful musical thoughts.” Howard Snell
“Think 10 times, and play once.” Theodore Leschetizky
Theodore Leschetizky is the 19th century piano teacher who invented the working backwards approach that I use with my students all the time. I remembered this quote recently while reading Howard Snell’s book titled, The Trumpet, Its Practice and Performance, A Guide for Students. Howard Snell was the principal trumpet player in the London Symphony Orchestra and later a major figure in the British brass band movement.
After we have achieve basic skills as trumpet players, the instrument we now play is our minds. All of the most important musical substance happens within the grey matter between our ears.