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    Opinion: A New Deal for Early Music

    2022-05-09T08:01:00Z

    Covid-19 has highlighted the economic inequalities that divide musicians who perform on period instruments from the majority of today’s string players, says Andrew Mellor

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    Opinion: Jedi Wisdom for string playing

    2022-05-04T08:43:00Z

    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

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    Opinion: The Wisdom of Yoda

    2022-05-04T08:40:00Z

    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: Reset, refresh, restore

    2022-04-08T06:51:00Z

    As teachers and pupils return to in-person lessons, cellist Naomi Yandell examines why it is more important than ever to re-examine students’ goals and priorities, and take nothing for granted

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    Is sexism to blame for the scarcity of women in the violin making business?

    2022-03-11T10:57:00Z

    German violin maker Ute Zahn asked why there are so few female luthiers in The Strad's March 2013 issue

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    Why can't players get vibrato right?

    2022-03-03T10:00:00Z

    Vibrating need not compromise purity of tone if it's done tastefully, says Tully Potter, who takes to task those who overplay, misplay or completely disown it. From October 2009

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    Opinion: It takes three

    2022-02-23T09:34:00Z

    As the Sitkovetsky Trio celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, lead violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky looks back at the lessons he and his colleagues have learnt

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    Opinion: Live for the moment

    2022-02-21T14:14:00Z

    Classical musicians and audiences can learn from stand-up comedy shows, where there’s a naturalness and immediacy of interaction between performers and the crowd, writes Rita Fernandes

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    Sightreading is a skill that should be taught early

    2022-02-15T10:50:00Z

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

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    Opinion: To speak plainly

    2022-01-07T12:15:00Z

    Teaching a young student with Down’s syndrome has taught Jacqueline Vanasse the value of simple concepts and hands-on rewards

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    9 tips on playing the Ravel and Debussy quartets

    2022-01-01T00:00:00Z

    Franck Chevalier, viola player of the Quatuor Diotima, gives advice on how to approach the most celebrated French additions to the quartet repertoire

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    Opinion: Playing the game

    2021-12-14T11:40:00Z

    In addition to technical mastery, musicians need to understand the ‘game rules’ of every performing tradition and musical culture, write Dudok Quartet Amsterdam musicians Judith van Driel and David Faber

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    Opinion: Dare to be different

    2021-11-15T12:00:00Z

    When selecting repertoire for that crucial audition it’s an advantage to avoid predictable choices, writes Julian Lloyd Webber, who suggests alternatives for cellists

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    Opinion: Across the decades

    2021-10-12T11:45:00Z

    Karen Gomyo revisits recordings by ‘golden age’ violinists, and explores why these performances are still so meaningful today

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    Opinion: Make ’em laugh

    2021-09-01T12:15:00Z

    Humour can be a useful tool when teaching – especially online, argues Naomi Yandell

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    Opinion: Relaxed body, focused mind

    2021-08-04T13:00:00Z

    The art of Chinese calligraphy has much to teach us about playing a stringed instrument, writes violist Hsin-Yun Huang

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    Beyond Bach: 12 tips for better Baroque playing

    2021-07-15T09:30:00Z

    A thorough knowledge of Baroque repertoire apart from the works of Bach is so important if modern players are to gain a proper understanding of Classical and Romantic works, writes Adrian Butterfield

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    Opinion: Solo exploring

    2021-06-30T11:00:00Z

    There is so much more to the unaccompanied violin repertoire than the works of Bach, Paganini and Ysaÿe, writes James Dickenson

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    Opinion: An integrated whole

    2021-06-10T14:03:00Z

    By divorcing technique from the music, we prevent the bow from becoming an extension of our right arm and hand, writes John Crawford

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    Opinion: On the margins

    2021-05-07T10:35:00Z

    Conservatoires should do more to make 17th-century music a fundamental part of the curriculum, writes Walter Reiter