Advice to Young Musicians

Advice to Young Musicians
Musikalische Haus- und Lebens-Regeln

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Advice to Young Musicians by Robert Schumann

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Musikalische Haus- und Lebens-Regeln

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The cultivation of the Ear is of the greatest importance.--Endeavour early to distinguish each several tone and key. Find out the exact notes sounded by the bell, the glass, the cuckoo, etc.

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Practise frequently the scale and other finger exercises; but this alone is not sufficient. There are many people who think to obtain grand results in this way, and who up to a mature age spend many hours daily in mechanical labour. That is about the same, as if we tried every day to pronounce the alphabet with greater volubility! You can employ your time more usefully.

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There are such things as mute pianoforte-keyboards; try them for a while, and you will discover that they are useless. Dumb people cannot teach us to speak.

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Play strictly in time! The playing of many a virtuoso resembles the walk of an intoxicated person. Do not take such as your model.

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Learn betimes

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