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    Technique: chords


    How to tackle multi-stopped passages with more confidence, musicality and alacrity with Pavel Berman , professor of violin at the Lugano Conservatoire in Switzerland, and Academy of Perosi in Biella, Italy

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    In the mix


    The Edinburgh Quartet recently selected its 2019 apprentice, following a round of public auditions featuring performances from nine young musicians. As the training programme enters its third session, Toby Deller discovers a unique opportunity for rehearsal and performance    

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    Where there’s a will there’s a way


    During two months in Uganda, Pauline Harding learns about the indigenous one-stringed endingidi, and discovers how difficult it can be to learn an instrument in a country whose education system lends little support for arts training 

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    Words of Wisdom: Alice Schoenfeld


    An interview with the late violinist and pedagogue Alice Schoenfeld

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    ‘With Nicky’ 11: Oasby Music Group


    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


    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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    Blue Sky Teaching


    String tutors are always looking for ways to help students develop or refine their technique, and some use unconventional approaches. Judith Kogan spoke with three such teachers, all based in North America and whose unique ideas are achieving significant results

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    Women of the World


    At the beginning of the 20th century, as social attitudes towards women were changing, a small number of female violinists became internationally renowned. Linking the members of this intrepid group was the famous Czech string teacher Otakar Ševčík, as Rosalind Ventris discovers

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    Cello masterclass from Johannes Moser


    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’.

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    6 ways to improve shifting for string players


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

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    Technique: left-hand finger independence


    How to build strength and flexibiltiy for a truly agile left hand with Adriana Larosa Ransom, profesor of cello and string project director at Illinois State University, US 

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    New Music Curriculum in UK Schools: Analysis


    The ABRSM, the UK’s leading music examinations board, will be drafting a new ‘model music curriculum’ for the Government. Harry Whie asks why its appointment raised questions  

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    Alfred Staar on what constitutes the Viennese School


    Alfred Staar’s influence continues to be felt today – no fewer than 22 of his former students currently hold posts in the Vienna Philharmonic. Inga Brandini shares a conversation with the professor from 15 March 2000, shortly before his death a month later

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


    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 ...

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    ‘With Nicky’ 8: Recap – Playing Fast


    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. See the full series here

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    Sentimental work: Antje Weithaas on Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto


    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

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    5 steps to help save music education in the UK


    Rob Adediran, executive director of the London Music Masters education charity, comments on the #SaveOurMusic campaign led by a group of LMM alumni and asks, ‘What can we do to save music for the next generation?’

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    Life Lessons: Albena Danailova


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

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    ‘With Nicky’ 7: Back to More Basics, Left Hand Part II


    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 ...

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    Elicia Silverstein's 5 tips for approaching gnarly contemporary works


    The American violinist gives an insight into her strategy for getting her head, and fingers, around tough new repertoire