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Now I Love Music Practice
A review published in PIANO PROFESSIONAL Piano Professional is the European Piano Teachers Association (UK) Ltd (EPTA) magazine Review by Nadia Lasserson
Now I Love Music Practice by Ron Ottley The authors introduction to this book says it all… “…The benefits and pleasures of making music stay with you for your whole life. I know from my own experience that this is true …..I want to encourage you to persevere with your music practice because I know that one day you will be very pleased that you did. That is why I have written this book.” Ron Ottley is himself a pianist and experienced teacher of many years standing. Filled with common sense, this book contains several short chapters, many prefaced with one of Aesop’s Fables and concluded with a proverb to enforce the point made in the chapter. Basically, everything adds up to the fact that there is no short cut to good playing and that regular practice - however short but nevertheless regular - can only enrich everyone’s lives enabling them to handle life’s pressures and strains in a more organised way. And provide genuine fulfilment and satisfaction - not only in music but in all walks
 The Fables all emphasize a specific point - the slow steady worker always wins in the end, the awkward but hard working student always achieves his ultimate goal in time, short sharp REGULAR stints are far more valuable than one big practice the night before a lesson or concert, and the more regular practice that is done, the more pleasure can be derived from playing thus making lessons and progress more enjoyable and creating a happier working environment all round Ron Ottley writes in simple persuasive language which cannot fail to convince everyone to go and ENJOY their practice. It is probably written with reluctant students in mind but I do believe that this book would b more beneficial to teachers who would then be able to relay the message to their pupils with the usual dictums but in many more interesting and original ways. The proverbs and aphorisms quoted by the author give much food for thought including Chopin’s “Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on” . . .A delightful approach to the old problem, I shall talk to my pupils more persuasively next week but . . .Why am I taking time to write this review when I should be practicing . .
Now I Love Music Practice
A review published in PIANO PROFESSIONAL Piano Professional is the European Piano Teachers Association (UK) Ltd (EPTA) magazine Review by Nadia Lasserson
Now I Love Music Practice by Ron Ottley The authors introduction to this book says it all… “…The benefits and pleasures of making music stay with you for your whole life. I know from my own experience that this is true …..I want to encourage you to persevere with your music practice because I know that one day you will be very pleased that you did. That is why I have written this book.” Ron Ottley is himself a pianist and experienced teacher of many years standing. Filled with common sense, this book contains several short chapters, many prefaced with one of Aesop’s Fables and concluded with a proverb to enforce the point made in the chapter. Basically, everything adds up to the fact that there is no short cut to good playing and that regular practice - however short but nevertheless regular - can only enrich everyone’s lives enabling them to handle life’s pressures and strains in a more organised way. And provide genuine fulfilment and satisfaction - not only in music but in all walks of life.
Now I Love Music Practice
A review published in PIANO PROFESSIONAL Piano Professional is the European Piano Teachers Association (UK) Ltd (EPTA) magazine Review by Nadia Lasserson
Now I Love Music Practice by Ron Ottley The authors introduction to this book says it all… “…The benefits and pleasures of making music stay with you for your whole life. I know from my own experience that this is true …..I want to encourage you to persevere with your music practice because I know that one day you will be very pleased that you did. That is why I have written this book.” Ron Ottley is himself a pianist and experienced teacher of many years standing. Filled with common sense, this book contains several short chapters, many prefaced with one of Aesop’s Fables and concluded with a proverb to enforce the point made in the chapter. Basically, everything adds up to the fact that there is no short cut to good playing and that regular practice - however short but nevertheless regular - can only enrich everyone’s lives enabling them to handle life’s pressures and strains in a more organised way. And provide genuine fulfilment and satisfaction - not only in music but in all walks of life.
 The Fables all emphasize a specific point - the slow steady worker always wins in the end, the awkward but hard working student always achieves his ultimate goal in time, short sharp REGULAR stints are far more valuable than one big practice the night before a lesson or concert, and the more regular practice that is done, the more pleasure can be derived from playing thus making lessons and progress more enjoyable and creating a happier working environment all round Ron Ottley writes in simple persuasive language which cannot fail to convince everyone to go and ENJOY their practice. It is probably written with reluctant students in mind but I do believe that this book would b more beneficial to teachers who would then be able to relay the message to their pupils with the usual dictums but in many more interesting and original ways. The proverbs and aphorisms quoted by the author give much food for thought including Chopin’s “Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on” . . .A delightful approach to the old problem, I shall talk to my pupils more persuasively next week but . . .Why am I taking time to write this review when I should be practicing . .