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Debate Monday, 25 August 2014

Young students must learn to listen if they are to practise effectively

String students who struggle in the early stages of learning often don’t know how to listen. Patiently help them to train their ears, says Peter Quantrill, and practice sessions will become ever more fulfilling

Learning to play an instrument is learning to practise. And learning to practise is learning to listen.

My nine-year-old son has just passed his ABRSM Grade 1 cello exam. He has an excellent ...

Focus Friday, 22 August 2014

Ask the Experts: how to deal with a young problem pupil

Strad readers submit their problems and queries about string playing, teaching or making to a panel of experts

In the ninth of the series, four teachers give their thoughts on helping an errant seven-year-old focus on her lessons.

Do you have a burning question about string playing...

Blogs Thursday, 21 August 2014

12 words of wisdom on practice and performance by Burton Kaplan

The Manhattan School of Music pedagogue offered the following guidance to violinist Ariane Todes when she attended his Magic Mountain Music Farm Practice Marathon Retreat in upstate New York this summer

‘Music isn’t about right pitches. Pitch is more like impressionist painting marks – you can’t look too close up, you have to look from a distance. The trick is to play patterns...

News Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Westchester Philharmonic violinist shot dead in upstate New York home

A prolific freelance musician, Mary Whitaker was a member of the orchestra for over 25 years

Violinist Mary Whitaker has been found dead at her home in Westfield, upstate New York. The 61-year-old died as the result of a gunshot wound, according to Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace...

Blogs Wednesday, 20 August 2014

How to find a new member for your string quartet

The Wihan Quartet’s fist violinist Leos Čepický describes the process of replacing the ensemble’s longtime viola player

This past June my son, Jakub, became the Wihan Quartet's first new player since our formation thirty years ago. Below is an outline of the process of finding a new ensemble member.

A string quartet...

News Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Violinist and teacher Simon Fischer joins Edition Peters Artist Management

The long-time contributor to The Strad has several books published through Edition Peters

Violinist and educator Simon Fischer has joined Edition Peters Artist Management (EPAM). The Guildhall School and Yehudi Menuhin School professor has contributed popular monthly Basics articles to The...

News Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Memphis Symphony assistant principal violist Marshall Fine dies following car crash

The 58-year-old was a prolific composer and son of former Boston Symphony violist Burton Fine

Memphis Symphony Orchestra assistant principal violist Marshall Fine has died from injuries sustained in a car crash over a week ago. The 58-year-old was also a prolific composer with over 220 works...

News Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Drink and drug addiction is rife in the classical music world, says cellist

The comments were made by a former National Youth Orchestra musician taking part in new documentary, ‘Addicts’ Symphony’

Drink and drug addiction is endemic in the world of classical music, a musician has claimed. Cellist Rachael Lander, who appears in forthcoming Channel 4 documentary, ‘Addicts’ Symphony&rsquo...

Blogs Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Correct posture can significantly improve your playing, writes Aaron Rosand

Good standing and sitting positions, and avoiding using a shoulder rest, are all important for optimum performance, says the American violin virtuoso

Have you ever stopped to think that if it looks good it will sound better? Appearance is an important part of the complete package, and more attention should be given to this integral...

News Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Strad September 2014 issue is out now

Our education focus celebrates the great teachers of today's leading players

The September issue of The Strad is on sale now ― an education special celebrating today's great string players and the teachers who inspired them.

We also examine...

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