You CAN Practice Sight-Reading – Really

Sight-reading is arguably the worst part of every audition whether as a student or a professional.  For many people, sight-reading comes easily.  For others (like me), not so much.  Plus, there's a common belief that you can't learn to sight-read before you need to do it at an audition.  After…

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Solo Violin at Weddings – How to Become an Expert

While string quartet is arguably the most popular ensemble to perform at weddings, not all brides have the budget to spend $600+ for four people.  Sometimes the bride just wants one player, and if she can choose only one, it's almost always violin (shouldn't it be?).  Solo violin at weddings…

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Famous Composers and Their Habits

Sometimes listeners have trouble identifying music they hear, and they try to at least guess the composer.  Sometimes it's easy (like Haydn vs. Bartok), but sometimes it's very difficult (Mozart vs. Haydn).  We all have our favorite composers that we can always identify, but no matter  who you are, there's…

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Oh No! I Bought a Chinese Violin!
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Oh No! I Bought a Chinese Violin!

Buying a violin is a big deal.  Even if you are buying a spare (like I just did), you need to shop around and not only get the best deal ($$), but the best value.  Value is defined as the amount of quality at a given price.  We want better…

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Goals for the Year

I know, it's almost February.  New years resolutions should have been made a month ago.  Fear not, intrepid reader, you can still organize your goals for the coming year.  I'll help you. Give it Some Thought Just like the practicing you're about to start, you need take your time and…

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Chamber Music – The Best Way to Play

There are three basic categories of classical music that performers can choose from - orchestral music, solo music, and chamber music.  Obviously within those categories are infinite sub-categories and genres, but when we perform, we do so in one of those three ways.  I have loved chamber music since the…

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Myths of Classical Music Debunked (Mostly)

For those of us who make our living performing classical music, loving it is a no-brainer.  Explaining it to the uninitiated is another matter completely.  It has become increasingly more difficult for the general population to take the plunge and listen to classical music.  Personally, I think it's because of…

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