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Ten Commandments for Musicians

Ten Commandments for Musicians

"And the Lord God has given me two more tablets of stone, on which he has written his precepts especially for those who would praise him with song, instructing them in the ways of proper practice."

And Moses read:

I. THOU SHALT HAVE A PLAN BEFORE THOU STARTEST PRACTICING.

II. THOU SHALT WARM UP THOROUGHLY BEFORE THOU STARTEST THINE EXERCISES.

III. THOU SHALT NOT ONLY PLAY THE EASY STUFF, BUT SHALT SPEND TIME ON THAT WHICH THOU NEEDEST TO IMPROVE.

IV. THOU SHALT TRULY LISTEN TO WHAT THOU PLAYEST, RATHER THAN SIMPLY PLAYING WITHOUT INTEREST.

V. THOU SHALT NOT EXPECT ALL THINE PRACTICES TO BE PERFECT.

VI. THOU SHALT NOT CRITICIZE THYSELF OVERLY HARSHLY DURING THE PRACTICE, NOR TAKE THE NAME OF THINE INSTRUMENT OR THINE MUSIC TEACHER IN VAIN WHEN THINGS DON'T GO THE WAY YOU HOPED!

VII. THOU SHALT PUT IN THE TIME THAT IS NECESSARY.

VIII. THOU SHALT NOT NEGLECT SPENDING SOME TIME TO HAVE FUN WITH THINE INSTRUMENT DURING EVERY SINGLE PRACTICE.

IX. THOU SHALT RECORD THINE PROGRESS IN SOME SORT OF JOURNAL.

X. THOU SHALT PROPERLY PUT AWAY THINE INSTRUMENT, THINE SHEET MUSIC AND ALL THINE OTHER STUFF WHEN THINE PRACTICE TIME IS OVER.

IF THOU FOLLOWEST MINE INSTRUCTIONS THOU SHALT SING WITHOUT SCREECHING, PLAY WITHOUT SQUAWKING, AND SHALT CAUSE THINE NEIGHBORS TO TAP THEIR TOES WITH SMILES UPON THEIR FACES.

Happy Obeying!

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#3 Spread these out!praisemessiah 2013-08-20 09:29
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Hi, I really love this 10 commandments sheet. Do i have your permission to hand it out to my students? thank you,
Suzuki Violin teacher, Memphis, TN

Yes, please, hand these to as many students as you can!!
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#2 ten commandments 2011-08-19 13:02
Hi, I really love this 10 commandments sheet. Do i have your permission to hand it out to my students? thank you,
Suzuki Violin teacher, Memphis, TN
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#1 piano sight reading 2011-08-14 23:21
woah...another set of ten commandments? lol! a very helpful tips especially in practicing piano sight reading.
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