36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 198: Practice Makes Perfect


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.

Day 198 — Practice Makes Perfect
16-February-1972 (Mittwoch–Wed.)


What a vacation. All I’m doing is practicing 10–4, except lunch. Horn and piano are both getting a workout. I should really play this much all year.


I’m practicing—a lot. I seem to be practicing a lot and I’m not complaining (about my skill level). That’s good. They do say, “Practice makes perfect.” Some people say, “Practice makes permanent.” Meaning that you could be reinforcing lots of bad habits.

I am always amazed at how much music students practice throughout their school years, and the rest of their lives. It’s a lot of work. The next time you hear a great concert pianist, musician, singer, or orchestra, thank them for practicing a lot. That’s why they are great. That and natural talent.

Vacation. I don’t know what the remark about vacation refers to. Maybe a winter break? When the Austrians go skiing to Innsbruck and St. Anton?


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