Author Archives: davisbrooksviolin
Kudos to my friend CP and new friend Amir and the motivated grad guys for a good first week of work and yes I am practicing. Roll Tide!
There is much good press being spread throughout the Indianapolis media. Both sides have set their ideas and claims adrift. To my surprise and to my pleasure I have found much interest in the proceedings and much sadness in the … Continue reading
For both colleagues and students, I suggest a quick read. The 1919 publication entitled “Violin Mastery” by Frederick Martens is a fascinating look at a bygone day. Interviews with Heifetz, Kreisler, Seidel, Elman, Auer, Powell, Thibaud, Elman and others allow … Continue reading
In many of the early European classical music treatises, the word invention is discussed. Essentially it is what a player brings to the musical table that is not from the composer’s hand. Friday nights Indy concert of Bela Fleck and … Continue reading
I have noticed some tightness in my left hand vibrato the last week. Sensed that I was leaning too much on the vibrato for being the expressive element. Today I am in the process of working on expressive playing with … Continue reading
One of the finest concerts I have even seen. Stanley Clarke, Ponty, Corea, and others performed an amazing concert this week in Indianapolis. Virtuosity, musicality, original ideas – what a band! Proves that some people get even better with age.
Last night as part of the “pre-game show”, I had the pleasure to interview David Harrington, 1st violin of the Kronos String Quartet. I left with a very pleasurable first impression of him and of his approach to music. He … Continue reading
I must praise this technical study. It is concise and direct, not expensive and should be in every violinists library. A fifteen minute daily regiment will pay rich dividends. The price of the book is worth the section on violin … Continue reading
I never forgot Broadus Erle’s comment about learning vibrato usage. “Listen to early Barbara Streisand”. After the Grammys last week, I still share that opinion but would also add Angela Brown to the list. A very talented singer with full … Continue reading