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    How to develop left-hand finger strength

    2019-07-23T13:00:00Z

    Up and down movement is the basis of left-hand technique and many pedagogues have invented fiendish exercises to improve it. Rok Klopčič takes a look at some of them

  • Michael Barenboim
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    Michael Barenboim’s top 5 practice tips

    2019-07-01T11:00:00Z

    The concertmaster of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra shares his insights into the art of practising the violin

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    With Nicky: Ask Nicky

    2019-06-11T11:08:00Z

    This week, ‘With Nicky’ becomes ‘Ask Nicky’ as Nicola Benedetti answers some of your questions. The violinist says: ’After recording this, however, we realised I never actually answered the most asked question! ”What is your shoulder rest?” The super duper attentive amongst you may have noticed a change over ...

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    With Nicky: Oasby Music Group

    2019-05-28T11:13:00Z

    This week on Nicola Benedetti’s journey of video tutorials, the violinist takes a trip outside her living room and into the home of the children of the Oasby Music Group. Founded in 2013 with just 7 beginner young musicians aged 5-8, the organisation now has 13 ensembles aged 4-18, with ...

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    Tabea Zimmermann's top 6 practice tips

    2019-05-27T13:11:00Z

    To tie in with our review of her Berlioz CD, Tabea Zimmermann shares her wisdom on getting the most out of your practice

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    7 warming up and cooling down exercises for musicians

    2019-05-23T15:13:00Z

    Suggested warm-ups prior to playing and cool-down stretches following performance and/or practice

  • Violinist
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    5 tips for conquering performance nerves from 5 solo string players

    2019-05-21T15:54:00Z

    Artists share their wisdom on battling the fear monster, as featured over the last five years of The Strad

  • Johannes Moser
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    Cello masterclass from Johannes Moser

    2019-05-07T12:20:00Z

    As part of his residency with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, last week Johannes Moser gave three local cellists a masterclass on Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Gulda’s Cello Concerto and Squire’s ‘Tzig-Tzig’.

  • Hilary Hahn Partitas Masterclass
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    Hilary Hahn gives masterclass on her new album

    2019-05-06T11:45:00Z

    On 17th May, Hilary Hahn releases her new album: 6 partitas specially written for the violinist by the Spanish composer Antón García Abril. And for each piece on the new album Hahn has prepared a masterclass video for players and listeners alike, to share insider knowledge on interpreting, expressing, and ...

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    6 ways to improve shifting for string players

    2019-05-06T09:45:00Z

    Advice on how to shift smoothly and cleanly from 120 years of The Strad