The Big Think

July 8, 2012


Filed under: Current Reading,Music,Quoth — jasony @ 9:31 am

“Too many people think speed is the hallmark of a good musician. It’s understandable. But how quickly you can finger notes is the smallest part of music. The real key is timing.
It’s like telling a joke. Anyone can remember the words. Anyone can repeat it. But making someone laugh requires more than that. Telling a joke faster doesn’t make it funnier. As with many things, hesitation is better than hurry.
This is why there are so few true musicians. A lot of folks can sing or saw out a tune on a fiddle. A music box can play a song flawlessly, again and again. But knowing the notes isn’t enough. You have to know how to play them. Speed comes with time and practice, but timing you are born with. You have it or you don’t.”

Patrick Rothfuss, The Wise Man’s Fear, p 53

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