Music and Motivation………………


Conductors’ Motivational Words

  • “Please don’t use the depth-charge pizzicato.”

  • “Pianissimo doesn’t mean ‘Drop the f*** out.'”
  • “Listen to the tune, and then accompany it in a non-disgraceful fashion.”

  • “Let’s see if you can pizzicato together in a non-banjo-like way.”

  • “It’s very hard to raise money for something that sounds like this does.”

  • “You know, there’s a fine line between artistry and s***. Not that what you’re doing is s***, but it’s close to it”

  • “Imagine you’re getting enough money for what you do.”

  • “Not so bright. It sounds like ‘Orpheus in His Underwear.'”

  • “Play short, especially if you don’t know where you are.”

  • “That was a drive-by viola solo.”

  • “Horns, imagine that you’ve had a really ugly breakfast and it’s about to come up.”

  • “There is a lot of fishing for notes. I wish you would catch some.”

  • “Strings, I know what you’re thinking: ‘With all this racket going on, why am I playing?’ Well, sorry, there’s no time for existential questions right now.”

  • “The place where you will be shot if you come in early is the bar before 26.”

  • “You’re all wondering what speed it’s going to go. Well, so am I.”

  • “Play as if you were musicians.”

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