If you want to know about
practising (anything),
a copy of this book:

It is full of inspiring quotes

 Page 59: "Far from wishing to waken the artist in the pupil prematurely, the teacher considers it his first task to make him a skilled artisan with sovereign control of his craft. The pupil follows out this intention with untiring industry. As though he had no higher aspirations he bows under his burden with a kind of obtuse devotion, only to discover that forms which he perfectly masters no longer oppress but liberate. He grows daily more capable of following any inspiration without technical effort, and also of letting inspiration come to him through meticulous observation. The hand that guides the brush has already caught and executed what floated before the mind at the same moment as the mind began to form it, and in the end the pupil no longer knows which of the two-mind or hand-was responsible for the work."


 Page 89: "I need not ask you to keep up your regular practising, not to discontinue it on any pretext whatsoever, and to let no day go by without your performing the ceremony, even without bow and arrow, or at least without having breathed properly."

Page 101: "What is true of archery and swordsmanship also applies to all the other arts. Thus, mastery in inkpainting is only attained when the hand, exercising perfect control over technique, executes what hovers before the mind's eye at the same moment as the mind b egins to form it, without there being a hair's breadth between. Painting then becomes spontaneous calligraphy. Here again the painter's instructions might be: spend ten years observing bamboos, become a bamboo yourself, then forget everything and-paint."

For some more inspiration and relaxation, clicking this picture (left) will jump you to a page of quotations by the wonderful Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.

While you are visiting this wonderful site, check out the Japanese scales and soundfiles.

Takemitsu wrote, in addition to his orchestral and chamber works, the music to some 93 movies, including Kurosawa's 'Ran'.