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August 14, 2018

Playing an unfretted string instrument is both a blessing and a curse. While being able to produce a continuum of pitches makes expressive intonation possible, it also makes out-of-tune notes easy to play!

Practicing for good intonation is a huge topic that involve...

August 10, 2017

At the moment, I’m trying to learn a lot of music for the upcoming season. I don’t have enough time to practice every piece daily, and, as a result, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to work efficiently. How can one learn more music in less time?

As a student, I was mo...

April 13, 2017

As violinists, we often encounter works that require considerable physical stamina. Whether we’re playing Brahms's Violin Concerto, a Bruckner symphony, or a short but intense work, we have to develop a plan for how to pace ourselves, stay as relaxed as possible, and b...

March 27, 2017

Welcome to the third and final post on memorizing complex music! Today, we're going to focus on techniques that strengthen memory on the large scale. These methods are helpful once you have already memorized the entire movement or work and want to fortify that memory....

March 15, 2017

In my last post, I discussed basic techniques to use when memorizing complex music. Today, we will explore additional steps that one can take in order to solidify memory.

The above is a passage from Karim Al-Zand's Capriccio (2002). To be used as a reference when watchi...

March 4, 2017

So often, we memorize music by playing a piece (or passage) over and over again. This simple technique might work well for some people or for particular pieces of music. However, in my experience, once I am onstage and my nerves have been activated, this passive method...

February 22, 2017

Dear students,

I miss you all and hope that you are enjoying a productive semester! As part of my sabbatical project, I will be keeping a “practice blog” aimed at documenting my own progress and struggles as I study unaccompanied violin music by living composers.


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