Improv Quote of the Day: Play First, Notation Later

François CouperinOne should begin to teach children notation only after they have a number of pieces in their fingers. It is nearly impossible that, while they are looking at their notes, their fingers should not get out of position, fumble, or that the ornaments themselves should not be changed. Besides, memory is developed in learning things by heart. –François Couperin (1668-1733)

By the age of four, apparently, [Bartok] could play forty folk songs with one finger at the piano. – Alex Ross, The Rest is Noise, p. 81