Mindful Practice

How to practice your instrument and be creative at the same time

While string players and teachers often come to me to overcome blocks around improvisation and related subjects, I’ve found that mindful practice is an important way to help them gain these skills and improve general musicianship Inner resistance can hold us back from acquiring new musical skills and information. This is especially true for classical Read more about How to practice your instrument and be creative at the same time[…]

Blues Fiddle – Guided Practice Session for Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass

Blues Fiddle. Guided Practice Session.  The play-along style blues fiddle lesson below includes clear steps for how to play blues on the violin, viola, cello, or string bass. Grab your instrument and play along.  In the middle of the video, you can use the chord chart written below as a reference.    Here are the Read more about Blues Fiddle – Guided Practice Session for Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass[…]

Foundations for Improvisation in Any Style on VIolin, Viola, or Cello; Guided practice session

Guided practice session The guided practice session (video) below can help string players gain fundamentals for improvisation in any style. It also provides skills training for internalizing harmony on the fingerboard and ear training. But first a story…   “You Do You”   One of the things I love about my mom is that she Read more about Foundations for Improvisation in Any Style on VIolin, Viola, or Cello; Guided practice session[…]

Classical Music Education should Recognize & Respect Music of All Cultures

I’m calling out the music education establishment. Leadership is NOT just noncommittal statements of solidarity… ASTA, SAA, and other classical music institutions should acknowledge that “fine string playing and teaching” is NOT exclusive to or synonymous with playing classical music. I invite you to challenge them to acknowledge this. That false equivalency feels like a Read more about Classical Music Education should Recognize & Respect Music of All Cultures[…]

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October 4th

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