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  • Michael Barenboim
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    Michael Barenboim’s top 5 practice tips

    2019-07-01T11:00:00Z

    The concertmaster of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra shares his insights into the art of practising the violin

  • With Nicky Ask Nicky
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    With Nicky: Ask Nicky

    2019-06-11T11:08:00Z

    This week, ‘With Nicky’ becomes ‘Ask Nicky’ as Nicola Benedetti answers some of your questions. The violinist says: ’After recording this, however, we realised I never actually answered the most asked question! ”What is your shoulder rest?” The super duper attentive amongst you may have noticed a change over ...

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    With Nicky: Oasby Music Group

    2019-05-28T11:13:00Z

    This week on Nicola Benedetti’s journey of video tutorials, the violinist takes a trip outside her living room and into the home of the children of the Oasby Music Group. Founded in 2013 with just 7 beginner young musicians aged 5-8, the organisation now has 13 ensembles aged 4-18, with ...

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    Tabea Zimmermann's top 6 practice tips

    2019-05-27T13:11:00Z

    To tie in with our review of her Berlioz CD, Tabea Zimmermann shares her wisdom on getting the most out of your practice

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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 ...