Translated by Fanny Raymond Ritter
- You must practise scales and other finger exercises. There are people, however, who think they may attain to everything in doing this; until a ripe age they daily practise mechanical exercises for many hours. That is as reasonable as trying to pronounce “a, b, c” quacker and quicker every day. Make a better use of your time.
- Dragging and hurrying are equally great faults.
- Try to play easy pieces well; it is better than to play difficult ones in a mediocre style.
- Lose no opportunity of playing music, duos, trios, etc., with others. This will make your playing broader and more flowing. Accompany singers often.
- Sing in choruses industriously, especially the middle voices. This will make you a good reader, and intelligent as a musician.
- Observe the tone and character of the different instruments; try to impress their peculiar tone-colours on you ear.
- Do not try to attain mere technical facility, the so-called bravura. Try to produce the same impression with a composition, as that which the composer aimed at; no one should attempt more; anything beyond it is mere caricature.
- STUDY IS UNENDING.