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Alabama composition

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!

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Thoughts on the ISO Lockout

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

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Reading “Violin Mastery”

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

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Bela Fleck and the Flecktones – Indy

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

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Vibrato-less Practice

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

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Return to Forever Concert

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.

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Kronos Quartet Concert and David Harrington Interview

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

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Paul Zukofsky, All-Interval Scale Book (Schirmer)

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

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Angela Brown – vibrato

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

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Death of Milton Babbitt

Rarely has a composer been so polarizing with thought and music. From charlatan to genius, sides are passionate. One thing to be certain, very little of his music is listened to and for obvious reasons, not played. Some of this … Continue reading

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