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    7 warming up and cooling down exercises for musicians

    2019-05-23T15:13:00Z

    Suggested warm-ups prior to playing and cool-down stretches following performance and/or practice

  • Violinist
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    5 tips for conquering performance nerves from 5 solo string players

    2019-05-21T15:54:00Z

    Artists share their wisdom on battling the fear monster, as featured over the last five years of The Strad

  • Johannes Moser
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    Cello masterclass from Johannes Moser

    2019-05-07T12:20:00Z

    As part of his residency with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, last week Johannes Moser gave three local cellists a masterclass on Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Gulda’s Cello Concerto and Squire’s ‘Tzig-Tzig’.

  • Hilary Hahn Partitas Masterclass
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    Hilary Hahn gives masterclass on her new album

    2019-05-06T11:45:00Z

    On 17th May, Hilary Hahn releases her new album: 6 partitas specially written for the violinist by the Spanish composer Antón García Abril. And for each piece on the new album Hahn has prepared a masterclass video for players and listeners alike, to share insider knowledge on interpreting, expressing, and ...

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    6 ways to improve shifting for string players

    2019-05-06T09:45:00Z

    Advice on how to shift smoothly and cleanly from 120 years of The Strad

  • Olivier Babaz
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    Slapping with the bow - a double bass lesson from Olivier Babaz

    2019-04-30T14:08:00Z

    This lesson is taken from Discover Double Bass’s upcoming course, ‘Jazz Bowing’ by the French double bassist Olivier Babaz. Scheduled for release on 7th May, it comprises 61 lessons over 5 hours and is a step-by-step course on jazz bowing technique. It will be available at DiscoverDoubleBass.com. This first ...

  • Nicola Benedetti recap Velocity
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    'With Nicky' Recap: Playing Fast

    2019-04-09T11:09:00Z

    A recap of last week’s video today on Nicola Benedetti’s journey of YouTube tutorials, in which the violinist goes back over one of the most important parts of developing the basics for the left hand: Playing Fast - Velocity Requires Flexibility.

  • Antje Weithaas
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    Sentimental work: Antje Weithaas on Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

    2019-04-08T15:58:00Z

    The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto presents a mixture of Eastern and Western influences to the German violinist – and only revealed its true secrets after a whole decade of resting

  • Albena Danailova
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    Life Lessons: Albena Danailova

    2019-04-02T14:35:00Z

    One of three Vienna Philharmonic concertmasters, the Bulgarian violinist talks about New York street jazz and the musical impact of the internet

  • With Nicky Back to More Basics Left Hand Part 2
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    Back to More Basics Left Hand Part 2

    2019-04-02T11:00:00Z

    After a few very busy weeks practising, Nicola Benedetti presents Back to More Basics Left Hand Part 2. She says: ‘Before you watch this week’s video, I’d really encourage you to revisit Back to More Basics Left Hand Part 1 as this week is a continuation from what we ...