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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000157.txt from 2011/01

From: Richard Smith <richard.smith7@-----.com>
Subj: [kl] missing a day of practicing
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 13:21:57 -0500

I was interested in the attribution of the "miss one day, I notice" quote to
Dizzy Gillespie. I'd always heard it came from the pianist Anton Rubinstein,
so I did a web search and found a few variants:

***

Yehudi Menuhin was one of the most accomplished violinists in history.

He once said about playing, and I may not get it exactly right:
If I miss one day, I notice.
If I miss two days, the conductor notices.
If I miss three days, the audience notices.

***

There was once a great concert pianist who was known to practice daily. One
day, someone asked him, "Why do you practice every day? You are one of the
greatest pianists." The pianist responded, "Because if I miss one day, I
notice it. If I miss two days, the critics notice it, and if I miss three or
more days, the audience notices it."

***
A trumpet playing buddy said to me once, "If you miss one day you notice the
difference. If you miss two days the guys on either side of you notice the
difference. If you miss three days EVERYONE notices the difference! "

***
If I miss one day of practice, I notice it. If I miss two days, the critics
notice it. If I miss three days, the audience notices it.
Ignacy (Jan) Paderewski <http://www.famous-quotes.com/author.php?aid=5526>

***
Jascha Heifetz : <http://www.iwise.com/Jascha_Heifetz> " If I don't practice
one day, I know it; two days, the critics know it; three days, the public
knows it. <http://www.iwise.com/XvoVR>"

[unattributed]: If you miss one day of practice you know it, if you miss two
your opponent knows it, and if you miss three the crowd knows it.

***

I'd say that person most credited with the quote is either Paderewski or
Menuhin, though a bunch more just say "a famous pianist". Based on that
unscientific inquiry, it sounds like the most likely source is Paderewski.
Alas no votes for Dizzy Gillespie or Anton Rubinstein.

Richard Smith

On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 1:01 PM, Delceg Mike <m.delceg@-----.nz> wrote:

> Baritone sax is my principal instrument, but I do play clarinet and
> have doubled regularly, including all the saxes and bass clarinet.
> I'm surprised that your normal double in a stage band is not the bass
> clarinet, although you may not have access to one. Although this is
> again a different embouchure it might be a way to ease the
> transition, and is a lot of fun in itself. You could try soprano sax
> as well to increase the flexibility of your embouchure. The real
> stinker is switching from that to flute. Most dance band doublers
> will be competent on sax, clarinet and flute at least, and will put
> in the time in the shed to stay that way, as you have been advised.
> Remember what Dizzy Gillespie said: Miss one day of practice, no one
> notices; miss two days, you notice; miss three days, everyone
> notices. I only wish that I followed that advice more rigorously, as
> it applies doubly to doubling.
>
> Mike Delceg
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