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e-news: Nov. 21, 2012 (pictures not included)
Proverbs for the Player
The bow is like the breath. The left hand is like the vocal articulation. Try talking with no breath. That’s how important the bow is. -Beth Bultman
e-news: Nov. 4, 2012 (pictures not included)
Goals in Practicing
What would you like to improve about your playing? Have goals when you practice. Something beyond “I want to play this piece well.” Maybe getting a great tone, having a relaxed bow hold, playing cleanly when going faster, or playing with feeling. Our most intense concentration can only be devoted to one area at once, so practice one thing at a time. If you are trying to improve your tone, don’t stop every 2 notes to fix your intonation. We improve the least efficiently when our attention is pulled in numerous directions simultaneously. Consider yourself successful if you improved in the area of your goal, or maintained some recent progress, not if the piece sounds perfect! -Beth Bultman
"To obtain something you never had, you have to do something you never did." (Such as... come to Scor!)
e-news: Oct. 31, 2012 (pictures not included)
Quick Hints for Sight-Reading
1. Loose the fear. This is the biggest reason we make mistakes while sight-reading.
2. Count. Right note + wrong place = wrong note.
3. Just keep moving. What’s done is done. It’s what’s coming that matters now.
4. Fake it. You read that right. Just play something! Chances are, whatever you play will be closer to right than silence is! -Beth Bultman
See in the Dark!
In the midst of trying new mental approaches and other ‘tricks’, we often ignore physical basics—GOOD LIGHTING! If you can’t see details quickly & easily, you won’t have a fair chance. With the shorter, darker days of fall upon us, take action to ensure you have bright, readable lighting on your music stand. (Even if the power goes out!)
In speaking about his renowned theory of relativity, the renowned physicist & amatuer violinist Albert Einstein said:“It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception.” For more on Einstein & his love of music, click here for an article by Particle Physicist Brian Foster at Oxford University.