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Oct 31 / Greg

The piano virtuoso practicing scales!

I found this terrific story about practicing scales, quoted by Eric Butterworth. It goes like this…

image-Ignacy Jan PaderewskiThe great piano virtuoso Paderewski was once playing before an audience of the rich and the royal.

After a brilliant performance, an elegant lady waxed ecstatic over the great artist.

She said, “Ah Maestro, you are a genius!”

Paderewski tartly replied, “Ah yes, madam, but before I was a genius I was a clod!”

What he was saying was that his present acclaim was not handed to him on a silver platter.

He, too, was once a little boy laboriously practicing his scales.

Even at his peak, behind every brilliant performance, there were countless hours of practice and preparation.

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