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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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With vibrato the question isn't just about more or less, but also about variety of sound

2018-03-20T12:06:00+00:00

It is a wonderfully expressive tool when used sensitively, but soloists especially should take greater advantage of the various vibrato possibilities, writes violist Hartmut Rohde

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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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In their focus on technical prowess, conservatoires neglect music theory

2018-03-28T11:00:00+01:00

Instinct isn't enough for true musicality. Instead of simply drilling technique, performers should have a profound an understanding of music theory, argues cellist David Watkin

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