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Technique: Comfortable double bass playing


Finding effortless ways to play with bassist Yung-Chiao Wei

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Five tips for achieving flawless legato for violinists and violists


Artists from The Strad’s extensive back catalogue share their insights on playing smoothly with the bow arm

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Technique: Cello sound production


Cellist Alexander Baillie guides those starting to explore sound options with the bow

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Masterclass: Vadim Gluzman on Brahms’s Violin Sonata no.1


The Israeli violinist discusses why colour, shading and restraint are key in the first movement of this often-misinterpreted work.

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Masterclass: Dvořák Cello Concerto first movement


Cellist Hannah Roberts looks to subtlety and nuance in the quest to communicate this titan of the repertoire with mastery

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Masterclass: Torleif Thedéen on the Lalo Cello Concerto


Cellist Torleif Thedéen discusses how to give a rhythmic, characterful performance of the first movement of this often-neglected work

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The Strad Podcast #104: Brescia vs Cremona with luthier Linda Lespets


What was life like for instrument makers in Brescia? What was the making style like? Why hasn’t Brescia retained the same reputation as Cremona? Linda spotlights the home of Da Salò, Maggini and Rogeri

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The Strad Podcast #103: adult learner mindset with violinist Rachael Ridge


Embracing gradual growth and progress, curiosity and a willingness to make mistakes is crucial for adults learning a musical instrument, says the violinist

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The Strad Podcast #102: teaching students to teach themselves with cellist Laurence Lesser


In celebration of his 85th birthday and 50 years at the New England Conservatory, Laurence speaks about his teaching approaches, including valuable ’a-ha’ moments from throughout his career

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Playing Fast: add these above-and-beyond rhythm exercises to your practice routine

Changing up rhythm and metre are great ways to get that fast passagework down, writes violinist Susanna Klein


6 tips for practising fast passages: violinist Susanna Klein

Susanna Klein gives advice on left and right hand dexterity and coordination for violinists wanting to improve their virtuosity


How to memorise earlier and smarter: Adam Hockman

The practice and performance consultant identifies what causes memory slips and gives tips on improving memorisation technique

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Technique: Octaves for cellists

Cellist Seth Parker Woods on overcoming the fear and finding joy in octave practice