432 • First practice, then freak out.

From a pedagogical point of view: personality preventing productive piano practicing is preposterous - before the after - and utterly undesired.

Therefore I advise the following (as it is a “path dependent” process): first practice with focus and purpose, and only then give sway to the weakness of spirit and flesh.

See: 182 • Disciplina

431 • Waiting to exhale

The pianist inhaled expressively at the first note and did not exhale until the last; the music turned blue and eventually fainted.

430 • Mozart does not feel at home in a porcelain doll house.

429 • Martha Argerich on piano practicing discipline:

"When the piano likes me, I touch it. When it doesn't, I don't."

428 • Fatal Interpretation

The young pianist played like Lord Nelson's frigate captain, who was so enthusiastic about the fleet going to war with the Spanish Armada that he started firing his cannons still anchored at the harbor. Too soon too loud!

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