Quavers, Crochets and a Few Travels

I was totally lost.  In the middle of a rehearsal with the Harrogate Philharmonic, the conductor abruptly stopped the Mendelssohn symphony and directed us to correct the articulation of the semiquavers in measure 99 or so.  My nose crinkled and a look of utter confusion spread across my face.  I had never heard of a …

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3 Steps to Find the Best Violin Teacher

If you have decided you want to learn to play the violin, or you already play but need a better teacher, then this post is for you.  Choosing the right teacher for your goals and needs is so important because it may be a long-lasting relationship that will impact your love of the violin and …

How to Progress as a Violinist

I was reading a great article from Strings Magazine a while back about what drives the violinist's “fascination” with Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas.  The writer interviewed and presented the expertise of some of my favorite violinists today.  I loved it.  One particular quote from violinist, Mark Kaplan, really resonated with me as I have been revisiting …

Henryk Szeryng

  There is so much depth in most simple teachings from Henryk Szeryng.  The meaning becomes increasingly profound as skill increases in playing.  I was gifted some papers several years ago by my violin teacher.  It was a gift he had received from his teacher many years earlier when he was taking lessons at the …

Mother Violinist

  "How do you do it?" was the chatter back stage with the featured soloist, Judith Ingolfsson.  She had a baby of about 5 months old,  and a nanny, with her as she rehearsed with the orchestra before the concerts.  A highly unusual site in the violinist world.  The other women violinists of the orchestra …

Here

Wherever you are is called Here And you must treat it As a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known.          --"Lost", by David Wagoner Today is hard.  I do not like where I am on this path of violin-ing.  It's painful--the callouses, long hours, trying to restore …

The Soul of it

  There is a small post just beneath the bridge, towards the left "F" hole, of a violin.  It's necessity is structural and at the heart of the sound that is created by each unique instrument.  In English it is called a Sound Post.  A rather mundane term.  But it is at the core of …