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  • BeingConnscious
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    Opinion: Being conscious

    2020-11-17T14:46:00Z

    Developing musical potential requires a real sense of critical awareness as students grow, writes cellist Cecilia Radic

  • Exams
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    Should music tuition revolve around passing exams?

    2020-11-12T13:48:00Z

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

  • PikeChandos
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    Opinion: Original and the best?

    2020-11-05T16:15:00Z

    Scouring the archives for early drafts is fine in the name of research, but when it comes to performance, the composer’s revised version is usually the more satisfying option, writes Charlotte Gardner 

  • Jedi wisdom
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    Opinion: Jedi Wisdom for string playing

    2020-10-15T09:46:00Z

    In the  second of his articles, mining the wisdom of the Star Wars  universe, cellist Brian Hodges explains how the teachings of the Jedi can be applied to string playing

  • LeonBoschMasterclass
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    Opinion: Wise words

    2020-09-28T11:13:00Z

    Masterclasses should be special forums in which great artists impart the insight and knowledge they have acquired over a lifetime, writes double bassist Leon Bosch

  • Tom roberts violin lesson
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    Sightreading is a skill that should be taught early

    2020-09-11T14:06:00Z

    A student’s earliest engagement with note reading is the right time to introduce sightreading, argues Naomi Yandell

  • Beginner violin lessons
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    Opinion: A light touch

    2020-08-20T15:36:00Z

    Learning to play harmonics early on has many potential benefits for beginner string players, as Naomi Yandell observes

  • Beethoven1
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    Beethoven’s music is especially appropriate in the time of Covid-19

    2020-07-29T09:57:00Z

    Beethoven has been denied his year of celebration by the coronavirus pandemic. But, writes Toby Deller , his ‘Heiliger Dankgesang’ is an emblem for the current crisis

  • PatKop
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    Opinion: From the Heart

    2020-07-20T10:17:00Z

    In the Covid-19 crisis, musicians have begun to film their playing from home. Andrew Mellor asks whether these raw and sometimes less-than-pristine performances have killed off classical music’s ‘cult of perfection’

  • Music Lesson
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    Opinion: Best of both worlds

    2020-07-10T12:02:00Z

    If we work together and communicate effectively there is no reason why a student cannot benefit from lessons with more than one instrumental tutor, writes Celia Cobb

  • 3588_ulster_orchestra
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    After Corona, pay inequality among musicians will be unsustainable

    2020-07-08T12:30:00Z

    The great disparity in wages between soloists and rank-and-file musicians has been highlighted by the Covid-19 crisis, writes Andrew Mellor

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    Opinion: Mind the gap

    2020-06-09T16:23:00Z

    For classical music students, bridging the divide between training and employment is often a case of being entrepreneurial, writes Jacqueline Vanasse

  • The Long and Short of it
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    Opinion: The long and short of it

    2020-05-21T10:45:00Z

    Using short bows when teaching beginner string players is a useful practice that should be more widespread, writes cellist Naomi Yandell

  • Yoda cello illustration
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    Opinion: The Wisdom of Yoda

    2020-04-03T13:53:00Z

    In the Star Wars universe, Jedi Master Yoda is the ultimate teacher – and his insights can be applied just as readily to string playing as to learning the ways of the Force, writes cellist Brian Hodges

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    Opinion: Go your own way

    2020-03-13T13:08:00Z

    Musicians today are encouraged to play it safe by a recording culture that encourages perfect homogeneity. But, writes violist Paul Neubauer, it is still possible for individuality to thrive

  • PH.PO.0086
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    Opinion: ‘The cello has never been more popular’

    2020-03-12T12:41:00Z

    In the years since Gregor Piatigorsky first set out to boost the cello’s profile, the instrument has seen a massive growth in popularity, particularly through the efforts of crossover artists, says Yoshika Masuda

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    Opinion: In the Public Eye

    2020-02-14T12:01:00Z

    The primary purpose of a musician is to be heard by an audience – yet so many performers are self-conscious about the idea of their practice being observed and judged. Perhaps it’s time to practise out in the open, writes Toby Deller

  • hanover 1
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    Postcard from Hanover: close, but no cigar

    2020-01-21T10:30:00Z

    The tenth Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition boasted a celebratory atmosphere and some fine performances, but for Charlotte Gardner, the finals were a little underwhelming

  • Premium ❘ Debate

    Opinion: Music and insularity

    2020-01-16T16:21:00Z

    Are the musical communities of France and Britain guilty of a lack of sharing and interaction, asks Charlotte Gardner

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    Opinion: going international

    2020-01-07T11:57:00Z

    Despite the large number of young and talented British string players, few seem to make an impact as leading soloists on the world stage. Charlotte Gardner explores the reasons for this phenomenon