Read for the same amount of time as you practise!
Nikolaus Harnoncourt gave fantastic lectures and coaching during his teaching period in Salzburg, and I was lucky enough to be one of his students. One idea he hammered into us was: ‘Music must always be on the edge of the abyss, on the verge of catastrophe.’
The other great piece of advice I have seen is something Brahms once said to a young musician: ‘Read for the same amount of time as you practise!’
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