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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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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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So you want to enter a performance competition? Good for you! A competition is an intense environment that can motivate and precipitate a quantum jump in your development. Even before the competition arrives, the commitment and energy you put into your preparation will get you very focused on your music and other important details. Once at the competition, you’ll continue to learn from your competitors, the jury and judges, even the audience feedback.

 

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Of all the aspects involved in playing violin, one of the most neglected is the warm-up routine. Both you and your instrument need to prepare before practice or a performance. If not, you can risk injury or damages, and the odds of harming yourself or your violin increase with age. However, by developing a warm-up routine now (and making sure to do it every time you play), you’ll extend the years you can play and protect your valuable instrument.

 

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Many student musicians wonder if memorizing is an important aspect of their education. For those who want to excel as performers, the answer is emphatically yes. Memorizing music gives you greater artistic freedom in your performance technique and helps you quickly master improvisation skills. Plus, for some reason, audiences prefer listening to musicians who’ve memorized a piece, rather than those who are reading from a score.

 

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In normal social activity, people convey all sorts of subtle meanings through body language. There have been countless studies on the influence of non-verbal communication, from facial expressions and eye movements to the way people cross their legs or use their hands during a conversation. Similarly, when you play music, you are in essence communicating with your listeners. The emotions and feeling you want to share come through in ways not related to the sounds you make.

 

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Beginner musicians often want to develop their own “sound’ and performance style. They want to be unique, and cultivate a performance technique that sets them apart from all others. Yet, because music educators typically focus on helping students gain execution skills, actual performance abilities can get lost in the day to day efforts.

 

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Learning to play a string instrument means spending a lot of time on at least two things: articulation and Italian. Learning a bit of Italian, musical words and otherwise, is helpful (and necessary). But sometimes, just knowing the English translation of the musical term isn’t enough to help you understand what it means for your playing.

 

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Student musicians who want to pursue a professional career must possess certain skills, and sight-reading ranks high among them. It’s an essential skill to have for auditions and improving your performance technique. Some students mistakenly feel like sight reading is one of those skills that you either have or don’t have. However, learning to sight read music like a pro is just like every other music skill, you have to practice to learn. These tips can get you started.

 

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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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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

Secrets Of Choosing The Right String Performance Competition For You

Secrets Of Choosing The Right String Performance Competition For You

So you want to enter a performance competition? Good for you! A competition is an intense environment that can motivate and precipitate a quantum jump in your development. Even before the competition arrives, the commitment and energy you put into your preparation will get you very focused on your music and other important details. Once at the competition, you’ll continue to learn from your competitors, the jury and judges, even the audience feedback.

 

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15-Minute Performance Warm-Up For You And Your Violin

15-Minute Performance Warm-Up For You And Your Violin

Of all the aspects involved in playing violin, one of the most neglected is the warm-up routine. Both you and your instrument need to prepare before practice or a performance. If not, you can risk injury or damages, and the odds of harming yourself or your violin increase with age. However, by developing a warm-up routine now (and making sure to do it every time you play), you’ll extend the years you can play and protect your valuable instrument.

 

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10 Tips for Memorizing Music

10 Tips for Memorizing Music

Many student musicians wonder if memorizing is an important aspect of their education. For those who want to excel as performers, the answer is emphatically yes. Memorizing music gives you greater artistic freedom in your performance technique and helps you quickly master improvisation skills. Plus, for some reason, audiences prefer listening to musicians who’ve memorized a piece, rather than those who are reading from a score.

 

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How Your Facial Expressions Affect Your Performance - And the Audience!

How Your Facial Expressions Affect Your Performance - And the Audience!

In normal social activity, people convey all sorts of subtle meanings through body language. There have been countless studies on the influence of non-verbal communication, from facial expressions and eye movements to the way people cross their legs or use their hands during a conversation. Similarly, when you play music, you are in essence communicating with your listeners. The emotions and feeling you want to share come through in ways not related to the sounds you make.

 

Read More

How to Create Your Unique Performance Style

How to Create Your Unique Performance Style

Beginner musicians often want to develop their own “sound’ and performance style. They want to be unique, and cultivate a performance technique that sets them apart from all others. Yet, because music educators typically focus on helping students gain execution skills, actual performance abilities can get lost in the day to day efforts.

 

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Learn How To Hear And Play The Differences Among Pizzicato, Staccato And Spiccato

Learn How To Hear And Play The Differences Among Pizzicato, Staccato And Spiccato

Learning to play a string instrument means spending a lot of time on at least two things: articulation and Italian. Learning a bit of Italian, musical words and otherwise, is helpful (and necessary). But sometimes, just knowing the English translation of the musical term isn’t enough to help you understand what it means for your playing.

 

Read More

How To Sight Read Like A Pro

How To Sight Read Like A Pro

Student musicians who want to pursue a professional career must possess certain skills, and sight-reading ranks high among them. It’s an essential skill to have for auditions and improving your performance technique. Some students mistakenly feel like sight reading is one of those skills that you either have or don’t have. However, learning to sight read music like a pro is just like every other music skill, you have to practice to learn. These tips can get you started.

 

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