ESSENTIAL PARTS OF THE VIOLIN

The violin is an amazing instrument, isn’t it?  All the modern technology in the world can’t produce a sound as beautiful as a wooden box with four strings can.  It’s not as simple as it seems, though.  There are essential features required for the violin to create the beauty of its music.   (Thank you

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AMEB news

This is not what we are very happy about, news are unexpected: AMEB office scheduled us way earlier than we all expected. Yepp, it is not quite good thing BUT it doesn’t mean we will give up. We have one month to go, ssooooo… WE’RE GOING TO PRACTICE LIKE THIS: And good luck to all

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Concert hall simulator helps musicians prepare to perform

(Originally posted in TheGuardian :    http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/mar/22/musicians-virtual-reality-technology-prepare-live-performances?CMP=share_btn_fb     ) Last week a student violinist, Miriam Bergset, tried out the simulator under the guidance of Royal College professor Madeleine Mitchell, in a small room at the top of the college’s South Kensington HQ which has been transformed into a virtual concert-hall. A large screen is attached

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Alchemistry in music

There was one story which I heard recently and I wanted to impress you too. There was one guy in 17th century who was obsessed with alchemistry and this whole idea of finding a Philosopher Stone and turning any metal in gold. He was looking for this magic formula for many many years, but he

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What do conductors actually do?

(Originally posted in BBC :     http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zpn72hv      ) Conductors stand alone on the podium in front of the orchestra. What they do is a form of non-verbal communication which produces music. What are the processes involved in getting the notes off the page and into our ears? Mattew Dowe: “Well in a sense, what

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8 Things Top Practicers Do Differently

(Originally posted in TheCreativityPost.com:   http://www.creativitypost.com/psychology/8_things_top_practicers_do_differently    ) We’ve all heard the phrase “practice smarter, not harder,” but what does that really mean? What does “smarter” practice actually look like? A study of collegiate piano majors suggests that the key lies in how we handle mistakes. As my kids were (begrudgingly) practicing their Tae Kwon Do patterns not long ago, I caught myself telling my oldest that he had to do his pattern five times before returning to his video game. My goal, of course, was not for him to simply plod through the motions of his pattern five times like a pouty zombie, but to do it once with good form and commitment. But the parent in me finds it very reassuring to know that a certain number of repetitions has gone into something. Beyond the (erroneous) assumption that this will somehow automagically solidify his skills, it feels like a path to greater discipline, and a way to instill within my kids some sort of work ethic that will serve them well in the future. It’s true that some degree of time and repetition is necessary to develop and hone our skills, of course. But we also know on some intuitive level that to maximize gains, we ought to practice “smarter, not harder.” But what does that really mean anyway? What exactly do top practicers do differently?

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Stalker the musical

I am so proud to announce that brand new musical “Stalker” begun its life in Sydney REC studio last weekend. It was written by two incredibly talented people (and also two friends of mine) Andy Peterson and David Russell and I really hope it will live long and prosper life with many many fans and

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Bach’s signature

While Bach never actually used this clever signature, musicians devised the B A C H score in the 19th century and sketched it out in Bach’s hand. In German musical notation, B flat, A, C, B natural are written as B A C H, cleverly spelling out the composer’s name. By using a treble clef,

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Musical which never gets old

Listened/watched “Notre Damme de Paris” musical over the weekend. One of my favorite musicals of all times even if there’s no violin part to play, the music (especially vocal) is just breathtaking. And choreography, and costumes, and make up, and stage/light management!.. But somehow just one number from it became popular – “Belle”, in my

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