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    Aaron Rosand: 5 ways good posture will improve your playing


    Good standing and sitting positions, and avoiding using a shoulder rest, are all important for optimum performance, wrote the American virtuoso in 2014

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    Perfect 5ths


    British violinist Rodney Friend has spent many years formulating his method for achieving a relaxed left-hand position. Here, he shares his voyage of discovery with Charlotte Smith

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    How to develop left-hand finger strength


    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

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    Michael Barenboim’s top 5 practice tips


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

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    5 tips for conquering performance nerves from 5 solo string players


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

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    Cello masterclass from Johannes Moser


    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’.