Aleksandr Polyakov

The Perfect Wrong Note by William Westney

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“When we play a wrong note, it’s an adventure in music, and it’s an opportunity to understand the piece more profoundly.” – William Westney


In “The Perfect Wrong Note,” William Westney demystifies the learning process by emphasizing the value of mistakes. The book rejuvenates the practice of music by encouraging musicians to embrace imperfections and explore the joy and freedom inherent in musical expression. It’s a refreshing perspective, urging music students to perceive mistakes as opportunities for deeper understanding and connection with music.

Key Takeaways:

  • Embracing mistakes as opportunities for learning.
  • The importance of joy and freedom in musical expression.
  • A refreshing perspective on music practice and learning.

Actionable Items:

  • Embrace and analyze mistakes during practice.
  • Explore the joy and freedom in making music.
  • Approach practice with a more open and adventurous mindset.

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