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Performance & Technique

Performance & Technique

Throughout your musical career, you will experience the thrill of concerts gone perfect, with each note played exactly as intended. However, you’ll also experience the opposite. There will be concerts where you make small mistakes – and there will probably be a concert or two where you make pretty big ones. You’re in good company. 

 

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While audience members have the luxury of bundling up to their hearts’ content, musicians playing outdoors aren’t so lucky during the winter months. You need to be strategic about the clothes you select to remain warm enough – but nimble enough – to play your instrument well.

 

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As we gear up for Winter Concert Season, your wardrobe may need a little revamping. Once you’ve joined the school orchestra or band, brush up on what the dress code requirements are for concerts and other public engagements.

 

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Hand and finger exercises for cellists are important for multiple reasons. In addition to allowing you to accurately and expressively play your notes, these exercises benefit your well being.

 

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Now that we can all carry around hours of music in our pockets, we’re all living our lives with a constant soundtrack. According to Nielsen, Americans listen to an average of 4.5 hours of music every day. Then add this to the fact that everyone also loves to add music to the videos of life they upload to Facebook or Instagram (watch out for those copyright issues!) 

 

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Did you know dedicated musicians are as prone to injury as their athletic counterparts?  Scientific research shows taking precautions via proper postural technique and proactive physical conditioning, goes a long way in preventing the overuse injuries prevalent in string musicians. 

 

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Busking – the art of jamming out on your instrument in public – offers musicians a performance opportunity like no other. First, you don’t need anyone to give you a gig – any time you want to play for a crowd, head out and do it. Some of today’s most innovative musicians have a history of busking.  

 

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In 1756, Leopold Mozart described vibrato in his book, Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule, saying, "The left-hand finger should make a small, slow movement, which, however, must not go toward the side, but forward and backward. That is, the finger should bend forwards towards the bridge and backwards towards the violin’s scroll, quite slowly for soft tones, but somewhat faster for loud ones."

 

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Professional music careers are competitive, so a unique performance style and personalized "brand" are essential to cultivating a unique niche in the audience market. That is easier said than done, particularly if you're an introvert by nature, or if you are more comfortable being a wallflower than an on-stage star.

 

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Join In-Sook Diamond and learn the correct technique to hold the neck of the violin. Habits are hard to break, so make sure you learn the proper technique so you can advance quickly on the violin.

 

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5 Mistakes To Avoid During A Performance

5 Mistakes To Avoid During A Performance

Throughout your musical career, you will experience the thrill of concerts gone perfect, with each note played exactly as intended. However, you’ll also experience the opposite. There will be concerts where you make small mistakes – and there will probably be a concert or two where you make pretty big ones. You’re in good company. 

 

Read More

What to Wear For A Winter Outdoor Performance

What to Wear For A Winter Outdoor Performance

While audience members have the luxury of bundling up to their hearts’ content, musicians playing outdoors aren’t so lucky during the winter months. You need to be strategic about the clothes you select to remain warm enough – but nimble enough – to play your instrument well.

 

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The Best Bets In Concert Wear

The Best Bets In Concert Wear

As we gear up for Winter Concert Season, your wardrobe may need a little revamping. Once you’ve joined the school orchestra or band, brush up on what the dress code requirements are for concerts and other public engagements.

 

Read More

Hand And Finger Exercises For Cellists

Hand And Finger Exercises For Cellists

Hand and finger exercises for cellists are important for multiple reasons. In addition to allowing you to accurately and expressively play your notes, these exercises benefit your well being.

 

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How To Choose Inspirational Music For Events

How To Choose Inspirational Music For Events

Now that we can all carry around hours of music in our pockets, we’re all living our lives with a constant soundtrack. According to Nielsen, Americans listen to an average of 4.5 hours of music every day. Then add this to the fact that everyone also loves to add music to the videos of life they upload to Facebook or Instagram (watch out for those copyright issues!) 

 

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Yoga For Cellists

Yoga For Cellists

Did you know dedicated musicians are as prone to injury as their athletic counterparts?  Scientific research shows taking precautions via proper postural technique and proactive physical conditioning, goes a long way in preventing the overuse injuries prevalent in string musicians. 

 

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Get Public Performance Experience - Learn the Art of Busking (Safely)

Get Public Performance Experience - Learn the Art of Busking (Safely)

Busking – the art of jamming out on your instrument in public – offers musicians a performance opportunity like no other. First, you don’t need anyone to give you a gig – any time you want to play for a crowd, head out and do it. Some of today’s most innovative musicians have a history of busking.  

 

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How To Improve Your Vibrato

How To Improve Your Vibrato

In 1756, Leopold Mozart described vibrato in his book, Versuch einer gründlichen Violinschule, saying, "The left-hand finger should make a small, slow movement, which, however, must not go toward the side, but forward and backward. That is, the finger should bend forwards towards the bridge and backwards towards the violin’s scroll, quite slowly for soft tones, but somewhat faster for loud ones."

 

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How To Package Your Unique Performance Style For Your Music Career

How To Package Your Unique Performance Style For Your Music Career

Professional music careers are competitive, so a unique performance style and personalized "brand" are essential to cultivating a unique niche in the audience market. That is easier said than done, particularly if you're an introvert by nature, or if you are more comfortable being a wallflower than an on-stage star.

 

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How to Properly Hold Your Violin

How to Properly Hold Your Violin

Join In-Sook Diamond and learn the correct technique to hold the neck of the violin. Habits are hard to break, so make sure you learn the proper technique so you can advance quickly on the violin.

 

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