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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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Stradivari may have perfected the violin over 300 years ago, but the case you use to carry around your violin should take a 21st century approach to protecting your instrument. A violin case needs to protect the violin, the bow and various necessary accessories from the hard knocks and stormy weather of life (and the subway).

 

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The term “post-modernism” can refer to both a time frame and a philosophy. As a timeframe, you might accurately call any composer working after the Modernist era, which ended around 1975, a post-modernist composer. 

 

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Today’s teachers face challenges like never before. Over-crowded classrooms, unrelenting budget cuts, and general underappreciation can eventually wear down the spirit and destroy the happiness you feel when you are helping others discover their musical ability. However, you can prevent stagnation, keep your professional fervor, and find more joy as a teacher by following these practical tips.

 

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Creating an audition video is an integral part of being a performer. Musicians in particular need to understand how to create an effective video representation that displays their talents and abilities to advantage. However, many artists find that making an audition video is a daunting and frustrating task. Knowing that it can mean the difference between earning that coveted place or relegating your name to the rejected file, trepidation can often make this duty feel like an overwhelming prospect.

 

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Learning to play a string instrument like the violin takes a lot of practice. During the first year of training in particular, beginner violin students can find it a challenge to cope with all of the new ideas. Not only must you learn new physical skills, if you’ve never studied music before, there are a number of new musical concepts to grasp, such as notation and intonation. These skills take time to develop.

 

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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.

 

Read More

21st Century Upgrades To The Violin Case

21st Century Upgrades To The Violin Case

Stradivari may have perfected the violin over 300 years ago, but the case you use to carry around your violin should take a 21st century approach to protecting your instrument. A violin case needs to protect the violin, the bow and various necessary accessories from the hard knocks and stormy weather of life (and the subway).

 

Read More

Spotlight On Post-Modern Composers

Spotlight On Post-Modern Composers

The term “post-modernism” can refer to both a time frame and a philosophy. As a timeframe, you might accurately call any composer working after the Modernist era, which ended around 1975, a post-modernist composer. 

 

Read More

6 Ways To Find More Joy As A Music Teacher

6 Ways To Find More Joy As A Music Teacher

Today’s teachers face challenges like never before. Over-crowded classrooms, unrelenting budget cuts, and general underappreciation can eventually wear down the spirit and destroy the happiness you feel when you are helping others discover their musical ability. However, you can prevent stagnation, keep your professional fervor, and find more joy as a teacher by following these practical tips.

 

Read More

How to Prepare an Audition Video

How to Prepare an Audition Video

Creating an audition video is an integral part of being a performer. Musicians in particular need to understand how to create an effective video representation that displays their talents and abilities to advantage. However, many artists find that making an audition video is a daunting and frustrating task. Knowing that it can mean the difference between earning that coveted place or relegating your name to the rejected file, trepidation can often make this duty feel like an overwhelming prospect.

 

Read More

Latest Apps for Violinists

Latest Apps for Violinists

Learning to play a string instrument like the violin takes a lot of practice. During the first year of training in particular, beginner violin students can find it a challenge to cope with all of the new ideas. Not only must you learn new physical skills, if you’ve never studied music before, there are a number of new musical concepts to grasp, such as notation and intonation. These skills take time to develop.

 

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