36. Manage the Fundamentals First

Show me a man who cannot bother to do little things and I’ll show you a man who cannot be trusted to do big things.

—Lawrence D. Bell, founder, Bell Aircraft

The Rodney Mercado motivational methods are not only the most effective methods for teaching music, but for anything else. Mercado was a genius in 10 different fields, including mathematics, economics, sociology, anthropology, and music history.


Scott recalls: Once, I was surprised to be getting an economics lesson inside my music lesson. Mercado turned to me and said, “Well, Scott, you know, math is very, very simple. It’s all based on addition. But most ...

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