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String Courses 2021: Start your course hunting here!

2020-05-18T14:13:00+01:00

Before you start combing through the string courses listed in this guide, take a look at these suggestions to help find the course that’s right for you

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10 points to help you handle performance anxiety

2021-11-29T10:03:00+00:00

Violinist and performance consultant Berenice Beverley Zammit shares some helpful reminders for those dealing with stage fright, including why you should regard yourself as a superhero

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Positive audition preparation outcomes – even when you don’t get the job

2021-11-25T15:07:00+00:00

While the process may be daunting, repetitive and sometimes demoralising, there is huge value to be found in preparing for auditions. Online editor and cellist Davina Shum examines five positive things to take away from preparing for orchestral auditions

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10 tips for a successful orchestral audition

2021-11-22T12:20:00+00:00

Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Brant Taylor offers advice to candidates hoping to succeed in that all-important orchestral audition

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Viola excerpts: Tricky corners

2021-11-22T12:00:00+00:00

In July 1999 Charles Noble tried to ease the trauma of facing orchestra auditions; in the August 1999 issue he introduces the extracts every violist should know

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Auditioning advice: Position vacant

2021-11-22T11:46:00+00:00

Looking for that all-important orchestral job? Oregon Symphony violist Charles Noble provides some tips on how to impress the audition panel, in the first of two articles from July 1999

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’A musician must be broadly based, not just an instrumentalist’ - auditioning for music colleges

2021-11-18T13:50:00+00:00

In this extract from September 2000, faculty members at some of the world’s top music colleges share what they’re looking for in an ideal conservatoire candidate

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Orchestra auditions: Success strategies

2021-11-16T11:54:00+00:00

Orchestra auditions are the ultimate examination for many college-age players, so is there a blueprint for achievement? Femke Colborne asks pedagogues and orchestra principals how they prepare students for the experience, in this feature from May 2014

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College auditions advice: When you’re ready

2021-11-16T11:34:00+00:00

Those three little words needn’t chill your spine in the audition room: Joanne Talbot asks the examiners what they’re looking for when you stand in front of them. From September 2000

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How to improve your sound by practising on open strings

2021-11-01T12:06:00+00:00

Cello professor at the Geneva–Neuchâtel University of Music, Bern University of the Arts, and Zakhar Bron School of Music in Zurich, Denis Severin shares exercises on open strings to enhance tone and fluidity of sound

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Masterclass: Jan Vogler on Beethoven Cello Sonata op.69

2021-10-21T13:00:00+01:00

Cellist Jan Vogler explores the first movement of the first-ever sonata to give equal weight to both piano and cello

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‘Joyfully, with a lot of spirit’ - Julia Fischer on Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

2021-10-18T10:38:00+01:00

Violinist Julia Fischer shares her thoughts on the third movement of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, in this extract from the October 2021 issue

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Trills and embellishments: exercises from Wilhelmj and Brown’s A Modern School for Violin

2021-10-05T15:00:00+01:00

Violist Misha Galaganov recommends exercises from August Wilhelmj and James Brown’s out-of-print A Modern School for Violin,  to accompany his Technique  article in the October 2021 issue

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Returning to playing after a break: top string teachers share their tips

2021-10-04T14:45:00+01:00

For those who have picked up their instruments after a hiatus and thought, ‘What on earth is this?!’ - five string teachers from around the UK share exercises for both hands, posture, listening and performance

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3 simple trill exercises for players and teachers

2021-09-30T11:45:00+01:00

Professor of viola and chair of strings at Texas Christian University Misha Galaganov offers technical advice on how to play and teach trills

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The Strad Podcast #13: Dr. Renée-Paule Gauthier on dealing with performance anxiety

2021-09-23T08:00:00+01:00

‘We go quickly from “this is out of tune” to “I’m the worst human being on the planet!”’

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How to perform with confidence – 3 golden rules about stage performance

2021-09-21T11:39:00+01:00

In the final instalment of his four-part blog series, Junior Guildhall violin professor Ivo Stankov shares tips on performing

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‘I can see good tone’ - Suzuki’s tonalisation exercises

2021-09-17T11:42:00+01:00

With musical examples, Helen Brunner examines how Suzuki’s tonalisation exercises are used to create a beautiful sound on the violin. From the September 2021 issue

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Joy, warmth and humour: Natalie Clein on Haydn Cello Concerto in D major

2021-09-16T11:43:00+01:00

In this extract from the September 2021 Masterclass, cellist Natalie Clein guides players through the opening of Haydn’s virtuosic work

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Ask the Teacher - Mark Bjork

2021-09-15T12:30:00+01:00

The Suzuki teacher trainer and violin pedagogue advises students on how to keep the attention of a class, and emphasises the importance of repetition