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The Perfect Wrong Note: Learning to Trust Your Musical Self

The Perfect Wrong Note: Learning to Trust Your Musical Self [Kindle Edition]

William Westney

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(Amadeus). In this groundbreaking book, prize-winning pianist and noted educator William Westney helps readers discover their own path to the natural, transcendent fulfillment of making music. Drawing on experience, psychological insight, and wisdom ancient and modern, Westney shows how to trust yourself and set your own musicality free. He offers healthy alternatives for lifelong learning and suggests significant change in the way music is taught. For example, playing a wrong note can be constructive, useful, even enlightening. The creator of the acclaimed Un-Master Class workshop also explores the special potential of group work, outlining the basics of his revelatory workshop that has transformed the music experience for participants the world over. Practicing, in Westney's view, is a lively, honest, adventurous, and spiritually rewarding enterprise, and it can (and should) meet with daily success, which empowers us to grow even more. Teachers, professionals, and students of any instrument will benefit from this unique guide, which brings artistic vitality, freedom, and confidence within everyone's reach.


Achievement in music depends on the philosophy the performer brings to it, says Westney (Texas Tech U.). He offers a perspective on the process of music performance for students, professionals, teachers, parents, and wanabe and yoostabe musicians. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1651 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 238 Seiten
  • Verlag: Amadeus Press (1. Juni 2006)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00GQZQ782
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Groundbreaking and Hope Filled Work 2. Juli 2005
Von Sharon K. Cooper - Veröffentlicht auf
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I am a professional musician, a retired piano teacher of 25 years. In October of 2004, I produced my first cd of pre-Baroque pieces into an album called, "Carry the Light." Recently, I found out about "The Perfect Wrong Note" by William Westney from a friend. The book is stunning, progressive and suffice it to say, it will rub some traditionalist the wrong way. Westney totally challenges traditional teaching methods and rightly so. There is a revealing "Question and Answer" section in the book on pp. 95-97 which provides an astute summary of Westney's teaching philosophy. I found the following Q and A challenging to some very traditionalist teachings on using the metronome; "Is it a good idea to use a metronome?" Westney's replies, "Only for short periods, as a check of tempo consistency. If we use it too much we become passive slaves to it, and our inner rhythm stays dormant." Westney emphasizes that playing the piano is a "whole body, whole brain" experience. In terms of Westney's approach being a "feel good" philosophy, nothing could be further from the truth. When asked (p. 97), "Can your approach be simply stated as, "Just don't fret about wrong notes, after all nobody's perfect.?" Westney's response is clearly direct; "No. This isn't a feel good philosophy: it's a pragmatic problem-solving plan along the road to artistry. Control, accuracy, and refinement are still the goals." Westney takes a groundbreaking approach to teaching piano without killing the hope and aspirations of the student. That is to be herald and this work will be deeply respected by teachers willing to take on new and exciting challenges that take heed to an important ethos Westney holds for anyone practicing the piano. "As you practice sense that you are taking care of yourself at every moment. Expect musical performing to be fun and feel good. Question any part of it that doesn't feel that way. Think of yourself as a healty athlete. Relax frequently and take stock." (p.227) I can't think of any performing philosophy that is more hope filled than that.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "Juicy Mistakes" 27. Mai 2004
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I found Westney's book amazingly confirming. His concept of "juicy mistakes" is a brilliant suggestion to accept that you'll make mistakes -- go ahead and make them!...but learn all there is to learn from them! (advice for life, not just music) This is a book for your senses and your brain -- a must read for any music lover.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing ... and Healing 22. März 2006
Von S. White - Veröffentlicht auf
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I had a difficult time reading this, only because the content was so close to my own life/story. I could've sworn that William was writing about ME, and I relived many things that I didn't realize this book would create the avenue to surface. Fortunately, this book has helped me to begin to heal old, deep, and hidden grievances that have kept me from being the musical self that my soul longs and deserves to be ... until now.

What a great way to address a very real issue. What a great way for me to finally resolve my childhood rejections of not being allowed to express myself at the very time I was creating my musical self.

Thank you, William. I can now forgive and begin new again, this time without fear of repercussion in expressing what is in my heart and my soul, even if I'm the only one that appreciates it!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Perfect Right Book 14. Mai 2004
Von Rowna Sutin - Veröffentlicht auf
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This fascinating book is unlike any other in the field, and is refreshingly honest and inspiring on so many levels. It questions some traditional music-teaching practices in a common-sense way that is exciting, and points out the obvious with a new perspective. At its heart, it is a philosophical and intriguing work, yet at the same time pragmatic and useful for a wide range of readers. Plus its style is witty and great fun to read!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen simply the best 9. Juni 2006
Von Tosca - Veröffentlicht auf
This is my favorite book about music-making (classical piano, in my case). Westney very convincingly makes the case for an overhaul of the way we approach music practice and performance. The 'juicy wrong note' idea promotes a wholistic, passionate attitude. It is NOT the idea of treating mistakes lightly...more, it's the attitude of making the mistake whole-heartedly and then learning what it has to tell you about your level of preparedness,an unsuspected weak point, etc. Westney does not cover specific how-to's (the best book on that for piano in my opinion is Berman's) but more the philosophy to bring to the practice room and to the performance. I'd give more stars if it were possible
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