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Historically informed performance on modern instruments is misguided

2019-07-12T14:00:00+01:00

Historically informed performance is all well and good, argues Julian Haylock, but continuing to play on modern instruments just results in the worst of both worlds

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Young musicians too often make musical decisions based on impressing the listener

2019-06-12T13:31:00+01:00

As artists grow older they hear more in the music, says Orion Quartet violist Steven Tenenbom, who urges younger musicians to learn as much as they can from their mentors – and delve deeper into the music themselves

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Should classical artists embrace music video singles?

2018-10-22T16:45:00+01:00

More core classical artists these days are mimicking their contemporaries in the pop world by releasing music video singles to accompany their albums. Charlotte Gardner asks whether this is a positive development

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Do string players who refuse to embrace popular music face extinction?

2018-09-25T15:50:00+01:00

String players must embrace the vernacular of today’s popular music or risk being consigned to a bygone era, writes electric violinist Tracy Silverman

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Should music tuition revolve around passing exams?

2019-07-19T12:00:00+01:00

Toby Deller argues that young players should be inspired by fulfilling experiences

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From the archive: Technique or tone?

2019-01-11T13:00:00+00:00

This article from The Strad, September 1954, argues that the trend among students of pursuing mechanical brilliance at the expense of beauty of tone is misguided

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Nurturing limb-differences in students

2018-08-17T10:19:00+01:00

The benefits of accommodating and encouraging limb-different string students far outweigh the challenges for teachers, says University of North Texas lecturer Elizabeth Chappell

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Joshua Bell: Don't impose bowings and fingerings on your students

2018-07-11T11:06:00+01:00

There is no ‘one size fits all’, argues the American violinist. It is important to discuss why students chose their fingerings and why there may be better alternatives

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