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You get nervous whenever you have to play live. Whether audition or performance, you get the jitters.  Having stage fright so badly that it keeps you off-stage happens to the most accomplished musicians. If that’s you, you have Vladimir Horowitz, Pablo Casals and Frederic Chopin for company. They had to work through their stage fright and you can, too. So our first tip for overcoming stage fright:

 

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Nothing replicates the excitement and intensity of a live performance. Not for you the performer or the audience. Certainly the “live” part of performing has much to do with creating an intensely emotional atmosphere. Yet the unique setting of a live performance is also driven by other matters as well – from lighting to your stage presence, and how you dress affects the performance.

 

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It’s never a bad time to put on a flash mob. Crowds always love them and they’re great fun for your students as well. They get to be part of an Insta-Snapchat-worthy event, to say nothing of how it will boost their performance skills and self-confidence. For your part, it’s a great tool for teaching teamwork and an effective way to boost your own reputation as a music teacher. Not only will the flash mob give you and your students awesome social media content to use in your own marketing and their portfolios, people in the audience will become your marketing ambassadors by sharing their own social media posts about their experience.

 

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The way you bow your violin is critical to your work as a musician. First and foremost, the ergonomics of incorrect bowing – poor wrist-hand-arm alignment, incorrect motion, and incomplete/over extension – can cause chronic physical issues that will plague your career.

 

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Like most instruments, selecting the right guitar is a very personal choice. It’s not an inexpensive instrument. You want to choose wisely. Make the right choice and you’ll have an instrument that inspires you to practice and to go off on creative tangents. Whatever your acoustic guitar selection process, make sure these tips have a part in it.

 

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Johan Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are classical music standouts for numerous reasons. This collection of six concertos nearly fell victim to becoming lost history, as have so many of Bach’s works. Yet today they’re considered the virtuoso collection of the variety and apex of Baroque music.

 

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French cellist Gautier Capuçon has been described as imbuing “the cello’s lushly lyrical lines with myriad shadings” and his playing as “genuinely heartfelt and easily captivating the audience.”

 

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Perceptions of contemporary guitar music are closely entwined with popular music, which relies heavily on electric guitars. Electric guitars and bass guitars are awesome. Who wants to live a world without Smoke on the Water?

 

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In an earlier post on the string instruments of the Indian subcontinent, we focused on the plucked string instruments. Frankly, we were only able to scratch the surface in that post, as we are with this list of the bowed string instruments from the Indian subcontinent. The musical tradition throughout this vast region goes back thousands of years and has produced a wide variety of instruments.

 

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Remember the halcyon days when musical genres had distinct lines? No one expected to hear a harpsichord in a Classical composition. Boundaries were clear. Sure, everyone had to keep clear the distinction between “Classical Music” (mid-1700s to early 1800s) and “classical music” (instrumental music from the Baroque period through today), but that was manageable.

 

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7 Tips For Overcoming Stage Fright

7 Tips For Overcoming Stage Fright

You get nervous whenever you have to play live. Whether audition or performance, you get the jitters.  Having stage fright so badly that it keeps you off-stage happens to the most accomplished musicians. If that’s you, you have Vladimir Horowitz, Pablo Casals and Frederic Chopin for company. They had to work through their stage fright and you can, too. So our first tip for overcoming stage fright:

 

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6 Tips For Dressing For Performance Success

6 Tips For Dressing For Performance Success

Nothing replicates the excitement and intensity of a live performance. Not for you the performer or the audience. Certainly the “live” part of performing has much to do with creating an intensely emotional atmosphere. Yet the unique setting of a live performance is also driven by other matters as well – from lighting to your stage presence, and how you dress affects the performance.

 

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Too Cold For Strings? Indoor Flash Music Mobs For The Holidays

Too Cold For Strings? Indoor Flash Music Mobs For The Holidays

It’s never a bad time to put on a flash mob. Crowds always love them and they’re great fun for your students as well. They get to be part of an Insta-Snapchat-worthy event, to say nothing of how it will boost their performance skills and self-confidence. For your part, it’s a great tool for teaching teamwork and an effective way to boost your own reputation as a music teacher. Not only will the flash mob give you and your students awesome social media content to use in your own marketing and their portfolios, people in the audience will become your marketing ambassadors by sharing their own social media posts about their experience.

 

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4 Tips For Better Violin Bowing

4 Tips For Better Violin Bowing

The way you bow your violin is critical to your work as a musician. First and foremost, the ergonomics of incorrect bowing – poor wrist-hand-arm alignment, incorrect motion, and incomplete/over extension – can cause chronic physical issues that will plague your career.

 

Read More

5 Tips For Choosing An Acoustic Guitar

5 Tips For Choosing An Acoustic Guitar

Like most instruments, selecting the right guitar is a very personal choice. It’s not an inexpensive instrument. You want to choose wisely. Make the right choice and you’ll have an instrument that inspires you to practice and to go off on creative tangents. Whatever your acoustic guitar selection process, make sure these tips have a part in it.

 

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Secret Stories Behind The Greatest Classical Compositions: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto

Secret Stories Behind The Greatest Classical Compositions: Bach's Brandenburg Concerto

Johan Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are classical music standouts for numerous reasons. This collection of six concertos nearly fell victim to becoming lost history, as have so many of Bach’s works. Yet today they’re considered the virtuoso collection of the variety and apex of Baroque music.

 

Read More

Artist profile: Cellist Gautier Capuçon

Artist profile: Cellist Gautier Capuçon

French cellist Gautier Capuçon has been described as imbuing “the cello’s lushly lyrical lines with myriad shadings” and his playing as “genuinely heartfelt and easily captivating the audience.”

 

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15 Amazing Acoustic Guitar Solos You Must Hear

15 Amazing Acoustic Guitar Solos You Must Hear

Perceptions of contemporary guitar music are closely entwined with popular music, which relies heavily on electric guitars. Electric guitars and bass guitars are awesome. Who wants to live a world without Smoke on the Water?

 

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Musical Styles: String Instruments Of The Indian Subcontinent – Bowed Edition

Musical Styles: String Instruments Of The Indian Subcontinent – Bowed Edition

In an earlier post on the string instruments of the Indian subcontinent, we focused on the plucked string instruments. Frankly, we were only able to scratch the surface in that post, as we are with this list of the bowed string instruments from the Indian subcontinent. The musical tradition throughout this vast region goes back thousands of years and has produced a wide variety of instruments.

 

Read More

Understanding The Differences Among Contemporary Classical Music Genres

Understanding The Differences Among Contemporary Classical Music Genres

Remember the halcyon days when musical genres had distinct lines? No one expected to hear a harpsichord in a Classical composition. Boundaries were clear. Sure, everyone had to keep clear the distinction between “Classical Music” (mid-1700s to early 1800s) and “classical music” (instrumental music from the Baroque period through today), but that was manageable.

 

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